An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution by Noah Webster

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This treatise, originally published anonymously, was second only to the Federalist Papers in influencing ratification of the Constitution and indirectly expounds on Noah Webster’s view of Congressional power in regards to the General Welfare. Webster says,

“Every person, capable of reading, must discover, that the convention have labored to draw the line between the federal and provincial powers—to define the powers of Congress, and limit them to those general concerns which must come under federal jurisdiction, and which cannot be managed in the separate legislatures.”

Webster makes his views on Federalism and the General Welfare quite clear essentially saying that Congressional power to legislate for the General Welfare only exists when the issue at hand cannot be managed by the state legislatures.

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