Jeremy J. and Becca C.
               THE FEDERALIST PAPERS                                   Appeals:
                                                                       The appeal to logos
                                                                       The appeal to pathos
                             No. I:                                    The appeal to ethos
                      General Introduction
                  For the Independent Journal                          Language Analysis:
                   Saturday, October 27, 1787                          Style
                          HAMILTON                                     Imagery
To the People of the State of New York:
AFTER an unequivocal experience of the inefficacy of the               Hamilton begins the letter
                                                                       by stating what is wrong,
subsisting federal government, you are called upon to deliberate       how to change it. The
on a new Constitution for the United States of America. The            repetition of the „e‟ sound is
subject speaks its own importance; comprehending in its                used to stress the negatives
                                                                       of the current government;
consequences nothing less than the existence of the UNION, the         specifically the inefficacy
safety and welfare of the parts of which it is composed, the fate of   of it. An appeal to logos
an empire in many respects the most interesting in the world. It       convinces the reader that
                                                                       the Union is essential. He
has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved       uses diction to stress the
to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to        importance of unionizing.
decide the important question, whether societies of men are really     Using anaphora compares
                                                                       the two ways society could
capable or not of establishing good government from reflection         play out. He rationalizes his
and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for         point to create a new
their political constitutions on accident and force. If there be any   government. An alliterative
                                                                       ending appeals to ethos,
truth in the remark, the crisis at which we are arrived may with       leading to the next
propriety be regarded as the era in which that decision is to be       paragraph.
made; and a wrong election of the part we shall act may, in this       The writer clearly shows an
                                                                       inclination to employ long
view, deserve to be considered as the general misfortune of            compound-complex
mankind.                                                               sentences.

This idea will add the inducements of philanthropy to those of         The second paragraph
patriotism, to heighten the solicitude which all considerate and       begins with an
good men must feel for the event. Happy will it be if our choice       emotional appeal,
                                                                       using positive words.
should be directed by a judicious estimate of our true interests,
                                                                       Passive sentences
unperplexed and unbiased by considerations not connected with          allow the reader to
the public good. But this is a thing more ardently to be wished        contemplate about
than seriously to be expected. The plan offered to our                 what is written. A shift
deliberations affects too many particular interests, innovates upon    to a logical appeal
too many local institutions, not to involve in its discussion a        contrasts an ideal to
variety of objects foreign to its merits, and of views, passions and   reality, and then
prejudices little favorable to the discovery of truth.                 explains why the ideal
                                                                       cannot happen.
Among the most formidable of the obstacles which the new               The third paragraph uses
Constitution will have to encounter may readily be distinguished       fierce and forceful diction
the obvious interest of a certain class of men in every State to       to explain the danger some
                                                                       people pose. The paragraph
resist all changes which may hazard a diminution of the power,         is one long sentence with a
emolument, and consequence of the offices they hold under the          number of interrupters to
State establishments; and the perverted ambition of another class         accentuate the hazard the
                                                                          certain group of people
of men, who will either hope to aggrandize themselves by the              cause. Repetition of
confusions of their country, or will flatter themselves with fairer       referring the certain „class
prospects of elevation from the subdivision of the empire into            of men‟ suggests that
                                                                          political factionalism
several partial confederacies than from its union under one               existed.

It is not, however, my design to dwell upon observations of this
nature. I am well aware that it would be disingenuous to resolve          Hamilton gains
indiscriminately the opposition of any set of men (merely because         creditability and
                                                                          expands on the
their situations might subject them to suspicion) into interested or
                                                                          previous paragraph.
ambitious views. Candor will oblige us to admit that even such            Forgiving words and
men may be actuated by upright intentions; and it cannot be               phrases welcome even
doubted that much of the opposition which has made its                    those who opposed the
appearance, or may hereafter make its appearance, will spring             cause before.
from sources, blameless at least, if not respectable -- the honest        Repetition is used
errors of minds led astray by preconceived jealousies and fears.          throughout the
So numerous indeed and so powerful are the causes which serve             paragraph to connect
to give a false bias to the judgment, that we, upon many                  his train of thought.
occasions, see wise and good men on the wrong as well as on the           The end of the third
right side of questions of the first magnitude to society. This           paragraph has a
                                                                          hyphen to set apart his
circumstance, if duly attended to, would furnish a lesson of              main point. The
moderation to those who are ever so much persuaded of their               following sentence
being in the right in any controversy. And a further reason for           first tells the cause,
caution, in this respect, might be drawn from the reflection that         then the action. A
we are not always sure that those who advocate the truth are              repetition of the „a‟
influenced by purer principles than their antagonists. Ambition,          sound connects the
avarice, personal animosity, party opposition, and many other             causes again. The last
motives not more laudable than these, are apt to operate as well          two sentences give
upon those who support as those who oppose the right side of a            religious imagery
question. Were there not even these inducements to moderation,            gaining more ethos.
nothing could be more ill-judged than that intolerant spirit which
has, at all times, characterized political parties. For in politics, as
in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire
and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.

And yet, however just these sentiments will be allowed to be, we
                                                                          The fifth paragraph
have already sufficient indications that it will happen in this as in     appeals mostly to
all former cases of great national discussion. A torrent of angry         pathos, but also ethos.
and malignant passions will be let loose. To judge from the               Words appeal to the
conduct of the opposite parties, we shall be led to conclude that         emotional side, and
they will mutually hope to evince the justness of their opinions,         also allude to
and to increase the number of their converts by the loudness of           Christianity, as does
their declamations and the bitterness of their invectives. An             the infinitive
enlightened zeal for the energy and efficiency of government will         beginning sentence 3.
be stigmatized as the offspring of a temper fond of despotic              Repeating “of their”
                                                                          at the end of the
power and hostile to the principles of liberty. An over-scrupulous      sentence highlights the
jealousy of danger to the rights of the people, which is more           wrong-doing. Head
commonly the fault of the head than of the heart, will be               and heart is a
represented as mere pretense and artifice, the stale bait for           metonymy repeated in
popularity at the expense of the public good. It will be forgotten,     the next paragraph.
                                                                        Imagery, repetition,
on the one hand, that jealousy is the usual concomitant of love,
                                                                        personification, and
and that the noble enthusiasm of liberty is apt to be infected with     metaphors effectively
a spirit of narrow and illiberal distrust. On the other hand, it will   express the senses and
be equally forgotten that the vigor of government is essential to       emotion. Future tense
the security of liberty; that, in the contemplation of a sound and      is repeated to imply
well-informed judgment, their interest can never be separated;          that there is something
and that a dangerous ambition more often lurks behind the               that can be done.
specious mask of zeal for the rights of the people than under the       Hamilton ends with a
forbidden appearance of zeal for the firmness and efficiency of         reassurance that he is
government. History will teach us that the former has been found        intelligent and this
a much more certain road to the introduction of despotism than          long paragraph is
                                                                        pivotal in this article.
the latter, and that of those men who have overturned the liberties
of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by
paying an obsequious court to the people; commencing
demagogues, and ending tyrants.

In the course of the preceding observations, I have had an eye, my
                                                                        Referring to himself
fellow-citizens, to putting you upon your guard against all             and his audience
attempts, from whatever quarter, to influence your decision in a        directly, Hamilton
matter of the utmost moment to your welfare, by any impressions         constructs a
other than those which may result from the evidence of truth. You       connection with the
will, no doubt, at the same time, have collected from the general       readers. Truth,
scope of them, that they proceed from a source not unfriendly to        repeated again at the
the new Constitution. Yes, my countrymen, I own to you that,            end of the paragraph,
after having given it an attentive consideration, I am clearly of       implies there are a
opinion it is your interest to adopt it. I am convinced that this is    right and a wrong. He
the safest course for your liberty, your dignity, and your              establishes
happiness. I affect not reserves which I do not feel. I will not        trustworthiness with
                                                                        his diction and short
amuse you with an appearance of deliberation when I have                sentences which
decided. I frankly acknowledge to you my convictions, and I will        straightforwardly state
freely lay before you the reasons on which they are founded. The        truths. A head and
consciousness of good intentions disdains ambiguity. I shall not,       heart phrase shows
however, multiply professions on this head. My motives must             that he is not a
remain in the depository of my own breast. My arguments will be         hypocrite; earning
open to all, and may be judged of by all. They shall at least be        credibility: ethos.
offered in a spirit which will not disgrace the cause of truth.

I propose, in a series of papers, to discuss the following
interesting particulars:
     THE NECESSITY OF A GOVERNMENT AT LEAST                            Ethos too!
        EQUALLY ENERGETIC WITH THE ONE PROPOSED,                        Also, listing his
        TO THE ATTAINMENT OF THIS OBJECT                                reasons, Hamilton
     THE CONFORMITY OF THE PROPOSED                                    appeals to logos at
        CONSTITUTION TO THE TRUE PRINCIPLES OF                          the same time.
        REPUBLICAN GOVERNMENT ITS ANALOGY TO                            Stylistically, it is
        YOUR OWN STATE CONSTITUTION and lastly,                         noteworthy that
     THE ADDITIONAL SECURITY WHICH ITS                                 every reason has
        ADOPTION WILL AFFORD TO THE                                     similar structure; the
        PRESERVATION OF THAT SPECIES OF                                 ~ of ~.
In the progress of this discussion I shall endeavor to give a           By stating that the author
satisfactory answer to all the objections which shall have made         would provide an
their appearance, that may seem to have any claim to your               appropriate answer to all
attention.                                                              the objections, he
                                                                        ensures that he is
                                                                        credible and gains ethos.
It may perhaps be thought superfluous to offer arguments to prove
the utility of the UNION, a point, no doubt, deeply engraved on
the hearts of the great body of the people in every State, and one,     Hamilton employs an
which it may be imagined, has no adversaries. But the fact is, that     interesting technique
we already hear it whispered in the private circles of those who        here. First, he states
                                                                        that the utility of
oppose the new Constitution, that the thirteen States are of too
                                                                        Union is unanimously
great extent for any general system, and that we must of necessity
                                                                        approval and expresses
resort to separate confederacies of distinct portions of the whole.     that disagreement with
This doctrine will, in all probability, be gradually propagated, till   the Union is totally
it has votaries enough to countenance an open avowal of it. For         non-sensual. Then,
nothing can be more evident, to those who are able to take an           after „But,‟ he debunks
enlarged view of the subject, than the alternative of an adoption of    that the adversaries
the new Constitution or a dismemberment of the Union. It will           actually existed and
therefore be of use to begin by examining the advantages of that        criticizes them acutely.
Union, the certain evils, and the probable dangers, to which every      Here, he mainly uses
State will be exposed from its dissolution. This shall accordingly      pathos, chastising the
constitute the subject of my next address.                              adversaries.

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