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... CHAPTER VI MONARCHICAL TENDENCIES IN THE UNITED STATES FROM THE
CLOSE OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION TO 1801 During the sharply
contested movement for ratification the Constitution was attacked
from some quarters as a monarchical instrument.1 Thus George Mason,
in the Virginia convention, advocating rotation in office for the
presidency, said, ..".as it now stands, he may continue in office
for life; or, in other words, it will be an elective monarchy."8
His colleague, James Monroe, agreed with him,3 while William
Grayson thought such continuance "highly probable."4 Earlier in the
convention Patrick Henry had delivered his famous denunciation of
the Constitution, namely, that "among other deformities... it
squints towards monarchy." He had gone on to say, "If your American
chief be a man of ambition and abilities, how easy is it for him to
render himself absolute The army is in his hands, and if he be a
man of address, it will be attached to him, and it will be the
subject of long meditation with him to seize the first auspicious
moment to accomplish his design."6 Mr. Lowndes, in the South
Carolina convention, declared, "On the whole, this was the best
preparatory plan for a monarchical government he had read." It
"came so near" to the British form that, "as to our changing from a
republic to a monarchy, it was what everybody must naturally
expect."8 1This was not a surprise to the framers, according to
James Wilson, who said, "It was expected by many, that the cry
would have been against the powers of the President as a
monarchical power." Elliot, Debates on the Federal Constitution,
II, 511. -/-/., III, 485. mid., IIl, 489. mid., III,491. hIbid.,
IIl, 58-59. Grayson, Monroe, and Mason had noted foreign
intermeddling as an important factor in the si...
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