Therefore, when the federal Constitutional Convention decided in 1787 that U.S.
In his Defence, Adams returned to the arguments of Polybius (among others) and to the ancient theory of the one, the few, and the many, declaring, "If I should undertake to say, there never was a good government in the world that did not consist of the three simple species of monarchy, aristocracy, and democracy, I think I may make it good." In the end, he did make it good, reviewing ancient and modern constitutions to conclude that "the English constitution is, in theory, both for the adjustment of the balance and the prevention of its vibrations, the most stupendous fabric of human invention." Many at the federal Constitutional Convention agreed.
(56)Scholars have sharply disagreed among themselves as to which members of the Federal Constitutional Convention endorsed judicial review.
Similarly, contemporaneous references to the Federal Constitutional Convention as the "General Convention" were standard.