James Wilson, Collected Works of James Wilson, vol. 1 
Collected Works of James Wilson, edited by Kermit L. Hall and Mark David Hall, with an Introduction by Kermit L. Hall, and a Bibliographical Essay by Mark David Hall, collected by Maynard Garrison (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2007). Vol. 1.
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This two-volume set brings together a collection of writings and speeches of James Wilson, one of only six signers of both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, and one of the most influential members of the federal Constitutional Convention in 1787. Wilson’s writings and speeches had a significant impact on the deliberations that produced the cornerstone documents of our democracy. Wilson’s signal contribution to the founding of our national government was his advocacy for both a strong national government and an open and democratic political system, a position that set him apart from both Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson.
Wilson’s writings form one of the most significant bodies of thought about the relationship between a distinctively American form of democracy and a distinctly American constitutional system. Wilson wrote extensively on the concepts of separation of powers, the authority of the judiciary to review acts of the other branches, and the development of principles of representative government. This collection of Wilson’s writings includes his famous law lectures, a number of noteworthy essays and speeches, some of which are presented together for the first time, and his opinions in several Supreme Court cases. Together, the writings in this volume illustrate that Wilson’s words more nearly foreshadowed the nation’s future than those of his better remembered contemporaries such as Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and Thomas Jefferson. In addition to providing the reader with a historical view of the nature of American democracy, the power of courts and judges, the independence of the executive branch, and the power of law to structure social relations, this book speaks directly to the ongoing debate about the scope and nature of judicial review and the place of law and judicial structures in the conduct of society.
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- Collector’s Acknowledgments
- Collector’s Foreword
- Introduction the Reputation of James Wilson
- The Text
- Part I: Political Papers, Speeches, and Judicial Opinions of James Wilson
- Considerations On the Nature and Extent of the Legislative Authority of the British Parliament, 1774.
- Speech Delivered In the Convention For the Province of Pennsylvania, Held At Philadelphia, In January, 1775.
- An Address to the Inhabitants of the Colonies (1776). *
- An Address to the Inhabitants of the Colonies Submitted to the Continental Congress.
- Considerations On the Bank of North America 1785. A
- Remarks of James Wilson In the Federal Convention, 1787.
- James Wilson’s State House Yard Speech October 6, 1787. *
- Remarks of James Wilson In the Pennsylvania Convention to Ratify the Constitution of the United States, 1787.
- Oration Delivered On the Fourth of July 1788, At the Procession Formed At Philadelphia to Celebrate the Adoption of the Constitution of the United States.
- Speech On Choosing the Members of the Senate By Electors; Delivered, On the 31st December, 1789, In the Convention of Pennsylvania, Assembled For the Purpose of Reviewing, Altering, and Amending the Constitution of the State. a
- Speech Delivered, On 19th January, 1790, In the Convention of Pennsylvania, Assembled For the Purpose of Reviewing, Altering, and Amending the Constitution of the State.
- A Charge Delivered to the Grand Jury In the Circuit Court of the United States, For the District of Virginia, In May, 1791.
- Hayburn’s Case, 2 U.s. 409 (1792), 411–414.
- James Wilson’s Opinion In Chisholm V. State of Ga., 2 U.s. 419 (1793), 453–466.
- Henfield’s Case Case No. 6,360 Circuit Court, D. Pennsylvania 11 F. Cas. 1099 (1793).
- James Wilson’s Opinion In Ware V. Hylton, 3 U.s. 199 (1796), 281
- “on the Improvement and Settlement of Lands In the United States,” Mid-1790s.
- On the History of Property.
- Part 2: Lectures On Law
- Bibliographical Essay History of James Wilson’s Law Lectures
- District of Pennsylvania:—to Wit.
- Lectures On Law,: Part I
- Chapter I.: Introductory Lecture. of the Study of the Law In the United States.
- Chapter II.: Of the General Principles of Law and Obligation.
- Chapter III.: Of the Law of Nature.
- Chapter IV.: Of the Law of Nations.
- Chapter V.: Of Municipal Law.
- Chapter VI.: Of Man, As an Individual.
- Chapter VII.: Of Man, As a Member of Society.
- Chapter VIII.: Of Man, As a Member of a Confederation.
- Chapter IX.: Of Man, As a Member of the Great Commonwealth of Nations.
- Chapter X.: Of Government.
- Chapter XI.: Comparison of the Constitution of the United States, With That of Great Britain.