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    had address enough with the Senate

    Does "had address enough with the Senate" mean "had spoken enough/many times with the Senate"?

    In the ratification debates, one of the most sustained explanations came from the highly respected (and later Supreme Court justice) James Iredell, speaking in the North Carolina ratifying convention: "I suppose the only instances, in which the President would be liable to impeachment, would be where he had received a bribe, or had acted from some corrupt motive or other." By way of explanation, Iredell referred to a situation in which "the President has received a bribe...from a foreign power, and, under the influence of that bribe, had address enough with the Senate, by artifices and misrepresentations, to seduce their consent to a pernicious treaty."

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    Re: had address enough with the Senate

    I don't recall seeing this use of to have address with before, but I think the phrase means the hypothetical president found a devious way to convince the Senate to ratify a treaty.
    I am not a teacher.

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