About five weeks and a lot of work remain. Notice Mr. Randolph's motion at the end to revisit money bills, which in the Report of August 6th were to originate in the House and be subject to only an up or down vote in the Senate.
House control over the content of appropriations, where the people and large States would dominate, was part of the compromise to grant equality of State Suffrage in the Senate.
To Governor Randolph, the Senate was aristocratic enough before the money bill compromise was rejected. It would form the basis of his decision to not sign the Constitution.
Fellow Virginian George Mason will grow increasingly uneasy too, and not sign it for similar reasons.
The third big name to eventually not sign was Elbridge Gerry. His opposition will be more general in nature, but will center on his fear of standing armies.
While Governor Randolph will come to defend the Constitution at the VA Ratifying Convention, George Mason will join Patrick Henry as two of its most critical opponents.
Mr. Gerry will do the same in MA.
I bring this up because opposition from these three will become more obvious as the Convention works its way into September.
Once I seem to remember thinking of our written Constitution as if it magically appeared one day -or always was there but hidden. Then the more I learned the more I realized I do not know But the report from Mr.Wilson on The people having a right to know struck a chord—perhaps touching my college education in journalism? (as poor and incomplete as it was) Your point reminding of Mr.Wilson’s most excellent point reminded me of the salient point Our constitution sprang from and rested upon that which was Law before it—the Articles of Confederation. and those in turn reflected for the most part British Common Law. (Unless I am mistaken)
Unless we learn our history— where we’ve been -what we came from —we can never hope to understand how we came to be where we are today and where some would lead us.And for imparting this history of the Convention as you have done so well— T’anks!—Many T’anks!!!