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December 31 , 2010

The Mystery of the Pinckney Draught - The Original Classic Edition


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Finally, it will be apparent on reflection that even if all of the foregoing issues should be decided against Pinckney; that is to say, if it should be found that the paper in the State Department is not an original draught—is not one of the four or five draughts to which Pinckney alludes, or that it contains interlineations of which Pinckney could not have been the author, even then after deciding all doubtful points against him a great deal will remain which must have been his; and historical criticism and careful analysis will be able to measure this residuum and give us a fair estimatePg 15 of its value, so that we can know with tolerable certainty how much of the Constitution was the work of Pinckney. ...When the Secretary of State had written to Pinckney 'I now take the liberty of addressing you, to inquire if you have a copy of the Draught proposed by you, and if you can withoutPg 20 inconvenience furnish me at an early day, with a copy of it' and Pinckney replied that among his notes and papers he had 'found several rough draughts of the Constitution' and that 'I send you the one I believe was it,' and with the letter sent a document which obviously was not a rough draught, the fair and reasonable interpretation of his language (apart from an intent to defraud) is that he was sending what the Secretary of State had asked for, viz., 'a copy' of the 'copy of the draught proposed by you' to the Convention; and that what he meant to say was, 'I send you 'a fair copy made by myself of the one I believe was it.''

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