- Jul 2012
Thank you for the link. Its does show that Hamilton favored a monarchy,, but it also contradicts Eric Nelson's claim, quoted in Post 18, that "Leading patriots believed that the colonies were the king’s own to govern, and they urged George III to defy Parliament and rule directly. These theorists were proposing to turn back the clock on the English constitution, rejecting the Whig settlement that had secured the supremacy of Parliament after the Glorious Revolution. Instead, they embraced the political theory of those who had waged the last great campaign against Parliament’s “usurpations”: the reviled Stuart monarchs of the seventeenth century."Hamilton's desire for monarchy is probably the easiest to find, but he was hardly alone. Many would point to his "plan." Elsewhere:
“Here I shall give my sentiments of the best form of government—not as a thing attainable by us, but as a model which we ought to approach as near as possible. British constitution best form.”
Founders Online: Alexander Hamilton’s Notes, [18 June 1787]
As you quote, Hamilton notes pointed to the "British constitution" the "best form” of government, not unchecked rule by a monarch.