opinion on the constitutionality of a National Bank
February 15, 1791
I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground: That 'all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States or to the people.' [xii* amendment.] To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible of any definition. The incorporation of a bank, and the powers assumed by this bill, have not, in my opinion, been delegated to the United States, by the Constitution."
*(Twelve articles were originally submitted for a Bill of Rights, but only the last ten were finally ratified, and came into effect as constitutional amendements on December 15, 1791)
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