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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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VI. DEBATE OVER CONSTITUTION
Antoine de la Forest to Comte de la Luzerne
New York, 10 February 1790 (excerpts)'
I have the honor to send you the translation of an act of Congress,
to take effect the 8th of next month, to apply the provisions of the acts
relative to the customs duties of the United States to North Carolina.
The act is the first one that Congress has passed in its second session,
and the general interest did not permit it to spend a long time in
deliberation....
The last clause of the act of which I have the honor to give you an
account, sir, postpones until the 1st of next April the moment when
the inhabitants of the state of Rhode Island will be treated in the Union
as foreigners.2 The 16th of last September Congress extended to them
until the 15th of the following January the favors reserved to the ships
of the United States, in the supposition that the state would be reunited
with the others before that time. The same sentiment of moderation
urged Congress to temporize further and it has moreover become very
probable that the accession of Rhode Island will not be delayed much
longer. To begin with, the Federalists of this state have gained a small
majority to repeal the laws relative to its paper money; they have just
taken an even greater step in obtaining the convening of a convention
for the first Monday in March. It is not expected that this convention
can be immediately brought to ratify the Constitution. It is more real-
istic that it will adjourn; but in the end it will not be able to resist the
current which carries all the other states and under these circumstances
Congress believes it should avoid all severe decisions.
1. RC (Tr), Affaires Etrangeres, Correspondance Consulaires, BI 910, New York, ff.
282-83, Archives Nationales, Paris.
2. See Newport Herald, 25 February (RCS:R.I., 736-37).
3. See John Adams to John Brown, 15 September 1789, note 3 (RCS:R.I., 599).
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Providence United States Chronicle, 11 February 1790
TO THE EDITOR OF THE CHRONICLE.
SIR, Much has been said by a certain Class of Men, against a Nocturnal
Convention,' held on the Evening of the 6th Inst at the House of Gen-
eral Thayer.2-The Conduct of the Members of that Convention by a
partial interested Few has been reprobated in the strongest Terms.-
To answer certain Purposes it is represented to have been a Meeting
of the Association of Mechanics and Manufacturers3-this is denied.-
It is affirmed, Sir, in Contradiction to those who willfully misrepre-
sent-That it was a Meeting of the Freemen of the Town of Provi-
dence-that it was a Meeting from which no Freeman of the Town
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