To get at the original public meaning of the Constitution, it would be helpful if we could get into the mind of an everyday contemporary, a Joe the Ploughman, as it were. In my research, I came across the best example we might hope to find. His name was Lambertus De Ronde, a Reformed Church minister living near Albany, N.Y. in 1788 when he translated the U.S. Constitution into Dutch.
Lambertus DeRonde, Translation, and the Context of Public Meaning
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