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Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J.; Moore, Timothy D. (Historian); Lannér-Cusin, Johanna E.; Schoenleber, Charles H.; Reid, Jonathan M.; Flamingo, Margaret R.; Fields, David P. (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Maryland (1)
(2015)

III. The debate over the Constitution in Maryland, 4 December 1787-29 April 1788,   pp. 101-428 ff.


Page 109

COMMENTARIES, 5 DECEMBER 1787
posed Convention for taking into Consideration the Federal Constitu-
tion. It hath been also resolved, by the same Branch of the Legislature,
that the Persons elected to serve in Convention, do assemble on Mon-
day the 21st of April next, at the City of Annapolis, and may adjourn
from Day to Day, as Occasion may require; and that the said Delegates,
do then and there take into Consideration the aforesaid Constitution,
and if approved of by them, or a Majority of them, finally to ratify the
same in behalf and on the Part of this State, and make Report thereof
to the United States in Congress assembled.
1. Reprinted thirteen times in whole or in part by 4 February 1788: Vt. (1), Mass. (6),
R.I. (2), Conn. (2), N.Y (1), N.J. (1).
Joseph Gilpin to Levi Hollingsworth
Elkton, 5 December 17871
I have Just Received your favr of the 2d of this Instant. By which I
find your Marketts Continue Dull for flour and flax Seed &c But it is
But What we Must Exspect from the affect of our Bad Policy and the
Innorchy of our Goverment-I send you 12 bbs of flour & they went
with the flxseed [which?] Perhaps may be all for this Season as I have
Not Been Rash Nor Sangin in ye Milling Besness for Sum time Past
which Plase Sell at the Markett Price I am Glad to here that your Con-
vention have Confirmed the federall Goverment2 and am In hopes it
will urge other States to Cumplee also as I have Been of an oppinion
that unless that Sistom Should take Place we Shall have No Goverment
at all untill the Sowrd Gives one which Numbers wish for from thier
having Nothing to Loose in a Scramble-our assembly have Put of[f]
the Meeting of our Convention untill april Next for what Caus I Dont
No with out it is to here what other States will Determan on for I Blive
there is a Very Grate Megorrety of the People of this State in faver of
the Sistom3 or at Least Dont wish to Run the Risk of having No federall
Union-which by Braking that this [-- -] will Disolve all other Gov-
erment for when People have on [c] e Layed one Burden of[f] thier
Shoulders the [y] will Not hesitate to throw of[f] the Rest and thereby
Git Rid of their Debts &c-
1. RC, Hollingsworth Family Papers, PHi. Gilpin (c. 1727-1790), a planter and miller,
was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, 1770, 1773-74, 1777, and of the
provisional conventions, 1774, 1775-76. He was also a justice of the Cecil County Court,
1774-90, and of that county's Orphans' Court, 1777-90. Gilpin voted to ratify the Con-
stitution in the Maryland Convention in April 1788.
2. Since the Pennsylvania Convention did not ratify the Constitution until 12 Decem-
ber, Gilpin finished writing this letter, dated 5 December, some time after the 12th.
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