In an odd twist, Mr. Mason, the principal author of the Virginia Bill of Rights, who yesterday moved for a Bill of Rights in our Constitution, motioned for sumptuary law authority to restrict personal purchases.
On August 20th, his motion to permit sumptuary regulations was defeated decisively by an 8-3 vote.
Why was his idea sent to committee today without opposition?
He recently made known over several days, his apprehension to certain parts of the Constitution. It appears the delegates at this late stage sought to placate an influential man whose support would be most welcomed at the VA Ratifying Convention.
The tactic, along with sumptuary laws failed. George Mason became second only to Patrick Henry in opposition to the Constitution.
Thanks for your posts of The Journal of the Federal Convention and your commentary, Jacquerie.