I am reading a speech delivered by Sir Edmund Pendleton who was a public servant of Virginia, US.
I would like to know what he means when he used the following words in boldface.
But the power of the Convention is doubted. What is the power? To propose, not to determine. This power of proposing was very broad; it extended to remove all defects in a government: the members of that Convention, who were to consider all the defects in our general government, were not confined to any particular plan. Were they deceived? This is the proper question here. Suppose the paper on your table dropped from one of the planets; the people found it, and sent us here to consider whether it was proper for their adoption.
I am clueless as to what the word "planets" is referring to.
Who but the people have a right to form government? The expression is a common one, and a favorite one with me. The representatives of the people, by their authority, is a mode wholly inessential.
Does the word "mode" here refer to a medium or vessel (representative) through which authority is exercised?