Amendment IX

Document 8

House of Representatives, Amendments to the Constitution

17 Aug. 1789Annals 1:754--55

The eighth clause of the fourth proposition was taken up, which was, "The enumeration in this constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."

Mr. Gerry said, it ought to be "deny or impair," for the word "disparage" was not of plain import; he therefore moved to make that alteration, but not being seconded, the question was taken on the clause, and it passed in the affirmative,

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