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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"?


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    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.
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