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Jensen, Merrill; Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J. (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Pennsylvania

C. The petition campaign for legislative rejection of ratification, 2 January-29 March 1788,   pp. 709-[726]

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2. The Massachusetts Convention ratified the Constitution on 6 February and
recommended nine amendments to the Constitution. Three Philadelphia news-
papers printed the amendments between 14 and 22 February.
3. Marked "indistinct" by copyist.
Thomas FitzSimons to William Irvine,
Philadelphia, 22 February (excerpt)'
Our Assembly met yesterday, and from   anything that appears, at
present I am induced to believe the session will be a short one. Ex-
cept the provision to be made for Congress and the Wyoming business,
I see little to be done; for tho great reforms in many branches of
our domestic administration are wanting, yet as there is so good a
prospect of obtaining a federal government, it seems to be agreed to
postpone all these objects till that event takes place.
I am told there are a great many petitions, nine dozen, against the
act of the late Convention and desiring that a new one should be
called; but I suspect the result of the Massachusetts business will either
prevent their being presented or at least of their being attended to.
It would seem, however, that the nearer we approach to the completion
of this business the more vindictive and virulent is the conduct of
the opposition.
1. Copy, Irvine Papers, PHi.
Assembly Proceedings, Saturday, 1 March
A petition from a number of the inhabitants of Wayne Township,
in the county of Cumberland, was read praying that this House may
not oppose the adoption of the Constitution for the government of the
United States proposed by the late Federal Convention.
Ordered to lie on the table.
Wayne Township Petition, 1 March'
To the Honorable the Representatives of the Freemen of the Com-
monwealth of Pennsylvania in General Assembly Met.
The petition of the subscribers, freemen inhabitants of the county
of Cumberland, most respectfully showeth,
That your petitioners are desirous that order and good government
should prevail and that the laws and civil government should. not be
violated or subverted.
That as the members of your honorable body are all swora or af-
firmed to do no act or thing that may be prejudicial or injurious to

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