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The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787/Volume 3/Appendix A/LXVIII

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LXVIII. John Jay to George Washington.[1]

New York 25 July 1787

Permit me to hint, whether it would not be wise & seasonable to provide a a strong check to the admission of Foreigners into the administration of our national Government; and to declare expresly that the Command in chief of the american army shall not be given to, nor devolve on, any but a natural born Citizen.

  1. Documentary History of the Constitution, IV, 237.