. In one of its most far-reaching decisions, the convention replaced this paragraph,
which gave the governor an absolute veto, with two new ones called Art. II, providing
for an override of a veto by a two-thirds vote of each branch of the legislature.
All his life JA
continued to believe that this revision was a serious error, even though the framers
of the U.S. Constitution adopted the idea. He believed the chief executive should
hold the balance between the two chambers, one ideally representing numbers, the other,
was probably not surprised by the convention's action, however, for he had predicted
several years before that Massachusetts would not accept an unqualified executive
to Roger Sherman, 20 July 1789, JA, Works
, 6:432; JA
to Elbridge Gerry, 4 Nov. 1779
to James Warren, 12 May 1776
, vol. 4:182).