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Ratification of the Constitution by the states. Microform supplement: Delaware
([1978])

Ridgely, Nicholas
Nicholas Ridgely to Abraham Ridgely, Dover, 22 August 1787 (excerpt),   pp. 25-26


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Nicholas Ridgely to Abraham Ridgely, Dover, 22 August 1787
(excerpt)
As to news, You know, it is not to be expected from our
own little concerns, seem to have suspended the attention
of our politicians from the grand national matters that now
are in agitation. From the Convention at Philada. we most
expect, either permanence and stability, or ruin and misery.
Should a tolerable Government be formed, it will be our
wisdom to adopt it. Our present establishment is tottering
to a dissolution, and nothing could preserve it for a moment
but the expectation of a reformation from the convention.
I believe there are a number of men who will, at all events,
oppose the measures that may be resolved on, In hopes of
catching something in the general scramble that convulsions
(and probably civil war) would produce. May God avert this
worst of all possible evils! Our ensuing election now
claims the attention of the different parties. Plans to
ensure success each party adopts, probably without any
regard to the public weal. Our patriots seem now to think
the public good consists in the emoluments that accrue to
their own particular friends, without looking any farther.
They adopt or reject a measure, not because it is in itself
good or bad, but because it is advantageous or disadvantageous


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