THE CASE OF THE DISHONEST SCRIVENER: GOUVERNEUR MORRIS AND THE CREATION OF THE FEDERALIST CONSTITUTION.

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Date: Oct. 2021
From: Michigan Law Review(Vol. 120, Issue 1)
Publisher: Michigan Law Review Association
Document Type: Article
Length: 51,412 words
Lexile Measure: 1690L

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At the end of the Constitutional Convention, the delegates appointed the Committee of Style and Arrangement to bring together the textual provisions that the Convention had previously agreed to and to prepare a final constitution. Pennsylvania delegate Gouverneur Morris drafted the document for the Committee, and, with few revisions and little debate, the Convention adopted Morris's draft. For more than two hundred years, questions have been raised as to whether Morris covertly altered the text in order to advance his constitutional vision, but modern legal scholars and historians studying the Convention have either ignored the issue or concluded that Morris was an honest scrivener. No prior article has systematically compared the Committee's draft to the previously adopted resolutions or discussed the implications of those changes for constitutional law.

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