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Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J.; Leffler, Richard; Schoenleber, Charles H.; Hogan, Margaret A.; Reid, Jonathan M. (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: New York (5)
(2009)

VI. Commentaries on the New York Convention, 8 June-30 July 1788,   pp. 2341-2380


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VI. NEW YORK CONVENTION
To be had of
Thomas Roberts,
No. 34, HANOVER-SQUARE.
1. The same advertisement appeared in the Daily Advertiser on 31 July, and on 2 August
the Independent Journal repeated its advertisement.
Massachusetts Centinel, 30 July 17881
Extract of a letter from Poughkeepsie, July 20.
"We have yet hopes-several of those who were at first opposed to
the Constitution, will now vote for it-others are relenting2-Our Ham-
ilton, Livingston and Jay, have done wonders-they have darted the
rays of conviction into the hearts of all who have heard them-and
they have melted them-the 'big tears rolling down the manly cheeks,' have
been witnesses to it-The God of our fathers, I believe, hath not for-
saken us-and I hope in my next to give you an evidence of it-by
informing you that we have adopted the Constitution."
1. Reprinted in the New Hampshire Gazette on 31 July, and the Portland, Maine, Cum-
berland Gazette on 7 August.
2. On 20 July Nathan Dane, a Massachusetts delegate to Congress, wrote that "We now
expect every day to hear this State has decided as to the adoption-but there seems to
be no certainty what their decision will be-tho-I think the probability, is in favor their
acceding to the New Confederacy" (to Theodore Sedgwick, 20 July, Smith, Letters, XXV,
235). On 21 July William Bingham, a Pennsylvania delegate to Congress, said that "There
are faint hopes entertained of an unconditional Ratification, or an Adjournment which
will be tantamount" (to Tench Coxe, ibid., 239).
Virginia Independent Chronicle, 30 July 1788
Extract of a letter from New-York, July 18, 1788.
"We are still in the dark respecting the sentiments of our Conven-
tion-What they will do, is hard to divine. Opinions are various-some
think they dare not reject-others, that they will do it.-The question
was to be brought forward yesterday; probably we shall hear to-day. If
they adjourn for a few weeks, which it is expected, there is little doubt
but that it will be adopted. Mr. Jones and Mr. Smith, it is said, are in
favor, though formerly strong anti's."
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