The essays were widely reprinted and commented on throughout the american states the author is thought by most scholars to have been robert yates, a new york judge, delegate to the federal convention, and political ally of anti- federalist new york governor george clinton all of the essays were addressed to the. Contemporaneously with the appearance of the federalist, whose authors sometimes engaged “brutus” in direct debates as is true of the “federal farmer,” the authorship remains in doubt, although the candidate most often mentioned is robert yates, one of new york's three delegates to the constitutional convention. Corwin as- sumes, without discussion, that yates was the author of the brutus essays cecelia m kenyon makes the same assumption the anti-federalists, she says, had no publicist more able than robert yates cecelia m kenyon, the anti-federalists 323 (1966) 8 2 storing, supra note 6, at 29148. The son of joseph and maria yates, robert yates was born in schenectady, ny, on january 27, 1738 he received a classical yates continued to attack the constitution in a series of letters signed brutus and sydney and voted against ratification at the poughkeepsie convention in 1789 yates ran for governor of new. Robert yates (january 27, 1738 – september 9, 1801) was a politician and judge well known for his anti-federalist stances he is also well known as the presumed author of political essays published in 1787 and 1788 under the pseudonyms brutus and sydney the essays opposed the introduction of the constitution of.
Among the most important of the anti-federalist writings are the essays of brutus although it has not been definitively established, these essays are generally attributed to robert yates the brutus essays provide the most direct and compelling rebuttal of the federalist argument this lesson provides a summation of. Essays of brutus to robert yates of new york serious scholars, whom the editors endorse have proposed smith as the author of the federal farmer others, equally serious and equally worthy of endorsement, have argued that smith was brutus the problem is that the same man does not appear to be. One of the most insightful of the antifederalists was robert yates, a new york judge who, as a delegate to the constitutional convention, withdrew because the convention was exceeding its instructions yates wrote as brutus in the debates over the constitution given his experience as a judge, his claim. Of this, yates became one of the foremost antifederalists in the state of new york and advocated against the ratification of the constitution historical significance the primary argument of brutus in this essay was that the proposed constitution would usher in a consolidated national government, and that this was a gross.
Robert yates melancton smith in 1888 paul leicester ford attributed brutus to treadwell, but cited no evidence and later changed his mind he probahly based his attribution on a manuscript essay from the 1789 new york gubernatorial contest, signed 'brutus' and carrying the handwritten notation 'brutus (tt suffolk. While the federalists were running essays in new york papers supporting the constitution, anti-federalists, like robert yates - a new york supreme court the convention was exceeding its instructions) and the likely author of opposition essays known as letters of brutus) - were publishing articles strongly against it.
There were sixteen letters of brutus written by robert yates he used brutus as a pseudonym because of the historical association of that name brutus was the roman who had led the plot against julius caesar brutus and the plotters had killed caesar because they felt he was destroying the roman republic and creating. Brutus, no 1 sea of liberty | document description the anti-federalist robert yates of new york wrote this essay under the penname “brutus” in 1787 like other opponents of the proposed us constitution, “brutus” accepted the conventional wisdom that republics had to be small and homogeneous—not large and. The names publius and brutus were taken by two men who wielded great influence on the construction of the bill of rights alexander hamilton, john jay, and in particular, james madison assumed the name publius when they wrote the federalist papers robert yates assumed the name of brutus when.
Robert yates is also the presumed author of the anti-federalist political essays published in 1787 and 1788 under the pseudonym brutus in contrast to the essays that became the federalist papers, yates' essays opposed the ratification of the united states constitution historians howel and tenney pay tribute to yates. Than robert yates1 the articles are rewarding because they raise the majority of the important anti–federalist objections, because some are a dialogue with certain of the federalist papers, and because of an interesting and prophetic analysis of the proposed judiciary which is original to brutus the fact that we do not.
Brutus vi, anti-federalist #26 - 27 december 1787 - taxes and how this power will destroy and consume state governments - it was well predicted and fulfilled in the days in which we live as must text of brutus vi - http://wwwconstitutionorg /afp/brutu robert yates. The swiss have been four hundred years the envy of mankind, and there is yet scarcely an history of their nation what is history, but a disgusting and painful detail of the butcheries of conquerors, and the woeful calamities of the conquered ” ― george clinton, robert yates, samuel bryan, anti-federalist papers 6 likes. The sixteen brutus letters, addressed to the citizens of the state of new york and published in the new-york journal and the weekly register, closely paralleled the publius newspaper articles and judge robert yates, is the presumed author melancton smith's speeches are considered part of the anti- federalist papers.