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Kaminski, John P.; Schoenleber, Charles H.; Saladino, Gaspare J.; Leffler, Richard; Reid, Jonathan M.; Flamingo, Margaret R.; Lannér-Cusin, Johanna E.; Fields, David P.; Conley, Patrick T.; Moore, Timothy D. (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Rhode Island (3)
(2013)

VI. The debate over the Constitution in Rhode Island, 20 January-29 May 1790,   pp. 711-897


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COMMENTARIES, 18 FEBRUARY 1790
Be wise for yourselves, and may the State of Rhode-Island rise from
the anarchial Gulph into which it has, for many Years been plunged-
to the Zenith of political Glory and Fame.
In the Answer of the Legislature of Massachusetts to the Governor's
Speech, is the following Paragraph:3
"The Accession of another State [i.e., North Carolina] to our Union,
by so large a Majority of its Citizens, is a happy Presage of those Bless-
ings we wish to obtain by the Adoption of the Federal Constitution.-
We are convinced that the Strength and Respectability of the Confed-
eration, essentially depend on the united Exertions of all the indepen-
dent States of America. From this Consideration we sincerely hope, that
the Citizens of Rhode Island will, at their ensuing Convention, exercise
their wonted Patriotism-and by their Decisions complete the Union.
Thus allied under One Federal Government, and by paying a strict
Attention to its Administration, we cannot but anticipate Peace, Liberty
and every National Happiness."
1. For the legislature's request to Congress, see RCS:R.I., 676-78. For Congress' sus-
pension, see Newport Herald, 25 February (RCS:R.I., 736-37).
2. A reference to the Roman goddess Fama (Greek goddess Pheme).
3. A reference to the legislature's response to Governor John Hancock's 19 January
address to the legislature. For the portion of the address on Rhode Island, see the Mas-
sachusetts Centinel, 20 January (Mfm:R.I.). The response appeared in the Centinel on 6
February.
A Friend to the State of Rhode-Island
Newport Herald, 18 February 17901
In the present uncertain and critical situation of our affairs I beg
leave to propose the following observations to the serious consideration
of the Delegates to the approaching Convention, on whom depends
the happiness or misery of this State.
The General Assembly at their last session passed two Acts, in one of
which they recommended a Convention to be called for a full and free
investigation of and decision upon the New Constitution,-and in the other
they set forth that unless a further suspension of the Acts of Congress,
subjecting the citizens of this State to foreign tonnage and foreign duties,
could be obtained, the operation of the then existing laws of Congress
would prove greatly injurious to the commercial interests of this State, and
therefore requested the Governor to make application in the name of
this State to Congress for reviving the indulgence granted by them to
the citizens thereof by their Act passed at their last session, &c. and in
order to induce Congress to comply with their earnest request, they
further declared that there was every reason to hope that this State would
in a short time accede to the Federal Union.2
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