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"Centinel"

The "Centinel" wrote a series of 24 articles that appeared in the Philadelphia Independent Gazetteer and the Philadelphia Freeman's Journal between October 5, 1787, and November 24, 1788. He argued that the elaborate system of checks and balances would be less effective in protecting liberty than in preventing the people from detecting corruption and tyranny in their leaders, and that a simple, responsive plan of government would be better.

Some historians feel most of the "Centinel" letters were written by Samuel Bryan, and a few by Eleazer Oswald, owner of the Independent Gazetteer. A more recent study by Charles Page Smith, James Wilson, Founding Father, Chapel Hill, 1956, refrains from making such theory

The letters did not have titles. The titles shown are the editor's.

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1 Bill of Rights Needed 1787 Oct 5
2 This mixture of the legislative and executive highly tends to corruption (Excerpt) 1787 Oct 24
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4 Why the Articles Failed 1787 Nov 30
5 Necessary and Proper Clause Dangerous (Excerpt) 1787 Dec
6 The citizens of America will be rendered tenants at will of every species of property 1787 Dec 22
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11 The Hobgoblins of Anarchy and Dissentions Among the States 1788 Jan 16
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