The authors of these essays wrote them to encourage people to support the ratification of the Constitution. This shows that Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay (the authors) believed in the basic ideas of the Constitution. Specifically, they were federalists. They believed in a strong central government as opposed to a government that was dominated by the states. They also believed in limited government with checks and balances. Their main belief was that a strong but limited central government would provide the greatest freedom combined with the most effective government. For this reason, they encouraged people to support the new Constitution.