The Federalist Papers

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Preface to the 1788 Edition

It is supposed that a collection of the papers which have made their appearance in the Gazettes of this City, under the Title of the FEDERALIST, may not be without effect in assisting the public judgement on the momentous question of the Constitution for the United States, now under the consideration of the people of America. A desire to throw full light upon so interesting a subject has led, in a great measure unavoidably, to a more copious discussion than was at first intended. And the undertaking not being yet completed, it is judged adviseable to divide the collection into two volumes, of which the ensuing Numbers constitute the first. The Second Volume will follow as speedily as the Editor can get it ready for publication.

The particular circumstances under which these papers have been written have rendered it impracticable to avoid violations of method and repetitions of ideas which cannot but displease a critical reader. The latter defect has even been intentionally indulged, in order the better to impress particular arguments which were most material to the general scope of the reasoning. Respect for public opinion, not anxiety for the literary character of the performance, dictates this remark. The great wish is, that it may promote the cause of truth, and lead to a right judgment of the true interests of the community.

New York, March 17, 1788

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Chicago: "Preface," The Federalist Papers in James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay, the Federalist, or the New Constitution, 2 Vols. (Chicago: Albert Scott & Company, 1894), P.85 Original Sources, accessed December 10, 2019, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QE2TTQUHK325QC1.

MLA: . "Preface." The Federalist Papers, in James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay, the Federalist, or the New Constitution, 2 Vols. (Chicago: Albert Scott & Company, 1894), P.85, Original Sources. 10 Dec. 2019. originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QE2TTQUHK325QC1.

Harvard: , 'Preface' in The Federalist Papers. cited in , James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay, the Federalist, or the New Constitution, 2 Vols. (Chicago: Albert Scott & Company, 1894), P.85. Original Sources, retrieved 10 December 2019, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QE2TTQUHK325QC1.