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Amendments to the Constitution
Letter of Sen. Grayson to Patrick Henry
Sen. William Grayson of Virginia to Patrick Henry
September 29, 1789
(Courtesy of the Library of Congress)


Part 2
Part 2

William Grayson, an Antifederalist, lamented that opponents of the Constitution had accepted it with the expectation that amendments would be made, rather than insisting on amendments before ratifying. He concluded that the amendments adopted were "good for nothing & I believe as many others do, that they will do more harm than benefit."

Full text transcript of Senator Grayson's letter.

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