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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
be well pleased so that on the whole we begin to turn our Eyes back
on the Country that we left and must all turn Tories, for any thing I
can see.
be so kind Sir as to let the President know how our Convention has
ended and that the Friends of the Federal Government are in despond-
ing Circumstances at present.
We would willingly Recive the necessary Officers for Collecting the
Impost; if Congress would Order them to be appointed.
So I Remain with much Esteem your most Obedeint & verry Hum [b] le
Servant
P S. as the Freemen at large are to take up the Amendments on the
17th of April6 I cannot help reminding you that it will be a good op-
portunity for an Remonstrance or Adress from Congress to the People
stateing the Reasons for their Adopting & the probable Consequences
of their Rejection.
1. RC, Adams Papers, MHi.
2. See Adams to Bowen, 27 February (above).
3. See "Rhode Island Convention: Bill of Rights and Proposed Amendments," 6 March
(RCS:R.I., 976-81).
4. Rhode Island's rejection of the Impost of 1781 killed the measure. See RCS:R.I.,
Vol. 1, xxviii.
5. "Carried away as prisoners to Babylon alias Great Britain." Bowen is alluding to the
Israelite captivity in Babylon.
6. See "Town Meetings Consider Rhode Island Convention Bill of Rights and Proposed
Amendments," 21 April 1790 (below).
Agricola
Newport Herald, 11 March 17901
Mr. EDES, In observing a piece in your paper No. 157, with the sig-
nature of Greenwichiensis,2 I confess that I am scarcely possessed of pen-
etration sufficient to discover whether the author was really serious, or
meant to treat the subject in a ludicrous light-if serious, he may pos-
sibly deserve an answer.
This author animadverts on two pieces published in the Herald No.
156,3 in which are contained some pertinent observations on the pres-
ent crisis of public affairs, and weighty reasons for the speedy adoption
of the New Constitution, and the dangerous consequences that would
arise to this State, if it should be rejected, or the adoption of it pro-
crastinated.-Those this incomparable politician treats as mere bug-
bears, fantoms, and metaphisical cobwebs, of the authors own raising
and without any foundation in reason or nature; and after accusing the
whole race of politicians of neglect or want of understanding, he, Ma-
chieval like, launches forth into a field that has remained, and ever will
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