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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
of our Friends have at length prevailed on him to accept. With the
unanimous consent of the Breth[r]en & Friends in the Northern part
of the State, I have willingly & cheerfully resigned to him hoping he
will not only meet your approbation & support, but also of all our
Friends in the State. From the best information we expect a powerfull
opposition: and after making the necessary calculations it was the gen-
eral opinion that Esqr. Fenner from his convenient situation would
make the greatest Vote.-I beg you, & it is the unanimous wish of the
Convention held last Evening, that you wou'd use every just argument,
& exert every Nerve to assist Mr. Fenner during this critical Juncture-
My sentiments have ever been uniform: they are still the same: they are
on the side of the Liberties of the People; and I will to the utmost of
my abilities, aid & support, not only the Gentleman now agreed on but
also the present administration. Inclosed I send you a Prox which is
the same agreed on at South-kingston except the alteration in this
County & one Assistant for the County of Kent
With sentiments of Esteem & due respect your very humble Servt.
Printed Version of Daniel Owen's Circular Letter
Providence Gazette, 3 April 1790
To the FREEMEN of the State of RHODE-ISLAND.
GENTLEMEN, It having been customary, in this State, for those more
generally conversant in political affairs, as well those belonging to the
Legislature as others, to assemble and agree upon a prox, or nomination-
ticket, previous to the annual choice on the third Wednesday of April,
a respectable Convention, consisting of gentlemen from every town in
the State, was therefore holden for this purpose, at South-Kingstown,
in the evening of the sixth day of March inst. when a prox was agreed
on. I then had the honour of being nominated as Chief Magistrate. I
was gratefully sensible of the honour done me, and expressed my grat-
itude to the Convention for the repeated and distinguished marks of
confidence with which I had been honoured by the State, but more
particularly for the nomination then made. But the most weighty rea-
sons, such as my residence in the country, distant from the centre of
public business, and inconvenient on that account, the infirm state of
my health, my wish to live in retirement, and to be excused from the
cares of public life, and other considerations, induced me to decline
accepting that important trust, and to propose ARTHUR FENNER, Es-
quire, of Providence, for the office, knowing his central situation was
convenient for the public-that his abilities were great-and that his
candour, his firmness, his attachment to and zeal for the safety, liberties
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