Thomas Jefferson explains Federal Government’s limitations, 1798

Jefferson’s Papers

Draft Kentucky Resolutions [before 4 October 1798]

1.  Resolved that the several states composing the US. of America are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government; but that,

by a compact under the style & title of a Constitution for the US. and of Amendments thereto, they constituted a general government for special purposes,

delegated to that government certain definite powers,

reserving, each state to itself, the residuary mass of right to their own self-government;

and that whensoever the General government assumes undelegated powers, it’s acts are unauthoritative, void, & of no force.

(spacing, bold, italics, and centering added)  Read the rest here, hosted by Princeton University.

Updated with additional notes from Princeton University after the resolution reflecting transcription from Thomas Jefferson’s own handwriting written on both sides of paper… :

Dft (DLC: TJ Papers, 93:16003, 16003-a, 16004); undated, but antecedent to Document II; entirely in TJ’s hand, the first, second, and fourth through seventh resolutions written on both sides of one narrow sheet, the eighth resolution (as originally composed) and the ninth on a similar sheet; those two sheets were a single leaf when TJ composed the sixth resolution; three additional smaller pieces (two of which have been attached to the primary sheets) hold what became the third resolution and substantial alterations to the eighth (see notes 6, 16, and 24 below); one word in TJ’s hand printing shown in small capitals; TJ’s square brackets in text identified in notes 3, 15, and 24 below; TJ placed all the digits numbering the resolutions either in the margins or within paragraph indentations, which implies that he originally wrote the resolutions before deciding to number them; the number of one resolution may have been changed (see note 4 below); in TJ’s original sequence the sixth resolution followed the seventh and he subsequently transposed them, numbering them after making that decision (notes 9 and 11).

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