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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)

VII-B. Public and private commentaries on the Constitution, 25 July 1788-23 February 1789,   pp. 2426-2498


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VII-B. GENERAL COMMENTARIES, 1 JANUARY 1789
new Constitution was of divine Original. Yet you may rest assured that
a number of us retain the same sentiments respecting it we ever did,
and that we are not a little interested in the issue of the business before
you especially that which respects the choice of Senators-You know
my sentiments on the Constitution has been, that it too strongly in-
clines to an Aristocracy, do the best with it you can without amend-
ments. The scheme now on foot to give the [state] Senate a negative,
will add amazing force to this tendency-A few Men combining in the
Senate may forever put their veto upon any choice, until it falls upon
such men as would serve their purposes-This they would soon do,
and by this means either embarrass the government beyond measure,
or harrass the Assembly to comply with their wishes-I trust the Assem-
bly will never yield the point, be the consequences what they may-
Better have no Senators for a Century to come than establish a prin-
ciple, which when once granted never can be reclaimed. For if you
once pass a Law or Resolution to grant the Senate the right, it will
never be surrendered2-It is unnecessary to urge reasons to support
the sentiment-I concur substantially with those offered by the federal
Republican in Greenleafs paper3-They might be much illustrated and
enlarged. How stand our old Friends towards you.4 IS former confi-
dence revived, and old grudges forgotten-For the sake of the cause I
wish they may-Union among ourselves is the corner Stone upon which
our hopes of success in obtaining amendments ought must be built-
The fair promises and pretensions of most of the leading men who
were in favour of the new System are mere illusions-They intend to
urge the execution of the plan in its present form-No reliance can
be placed in any of them-We ought therefore to strive to maintain
our union firm and immoveable as the mountains, to pursue the object
of amendments with unremitting ardour and diligence-Men may dif-
fer and will, but if they unite in the main point, they should agree to
differ. Politics has consumed so much of my time and thoughts that I
should be glad to lay them aside, but the establishing a good govern-
ment for a great Country is an object of such moment I cannot give it
up-It is a matter of too much magnitude. I view it as affecting the
whole system of things to ages far remote. It may have a vast effect not
only on the comfort and happiness of Men here, but may carry its
influence upon the state & condition of that Kingdom which can never
be moved. May we stand in our Lot in that Kingdom. Blessed be the
King of it, all things are under his controul, and however great the
ambition of frail mortals may be, he will conduct every event to pro-
duce the best end. For even the wrath of Man shall praise him, and
the remainder will he restrain5-Make my best respects to DeWitt in
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