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Letter from James Madison to Edmond Randolph of April 10, 1788.

In this letter, Madison writes that the necessary qualifications to serve in office are contained within the Constitution itself. Thus, it is not important that one desiring to serve in public office pass a religious test.

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. . . As to the religious test, I should conceive that it can imply at most nothing more than that without that exception, a power would have been given to impose an oath involving a religious test as a qualification for office. The constitution of necessary offices being given to the congress, the proper qualifications seem to be evidently involved. I think too there are several other satisfactory points of view in which the exception might be placed.

Letter from James Madison to Edmond Randolph (April 10, 1788), in 3 Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, at 297 (Max Farrand).


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