“You wish to know my sentiments on the project of another general Convention as suggested by New York. I shall give them to you with great frankness . . .
3. If a General Convention were to take place for the avowed and sole purpose of revising the Constitution, it would naturally consider itself as having a greater latitude than the Congress appointed to administer and support as well as to amend the system; it would consequently give greater agitation to the public mind; an election into it would be courted by the most violent partizans on both sides; it wd. probably consist of the most heterogeneous characters; would be the very focus of that flame which has already too much heated men of all parties; would no doubt contain individuals of insidious views, who under the mask of seeking alterations popular in some parts but inadmissible in other parts of the Union might have a dangerous opportunity of sapping the very foundations of the fabric. Under all these circumstances it seems scarcely to be presumeable that the deliberations of the body could be conducted in harmony, or terminate in the general good. Having witnessed the difficulties and dangers experienced by the first Convention which assembled under every propitious circumstance, I should tremble for the result of a Second, meeting in the present temper of America, and under all the disadvantages I have mentioned. . . .
I am Dr. Sir, Yours Js. Madison Jr”
James Madison letter to George Turberville, 2 November 1788
Phyllis sworn in as a Member of the Commission on the Bicentennial of the Constitution, July 30, 1985
Letters from retired Chief Justice Warren Burger opposing a Constitutional Convention: