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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)

VI. The debate over the Constitution in Rhode Island, 20 January-29 May 1790,   pp. 711-897

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the public good, you are requested to insert the following in your next
At a very full Meeting of the Freemen of the Town of Providence, after general
Notice, on the 22d of Third Month (called March) 1790, for the Purpose of
promoting Measures for a Coalition of all Parties in the Nomination and Choice
of General Officers for this State the ensuing Year.
JABEZ BOWEN, Esq; in the Chair.
Resolved unanimously, That a Committee be appointed to write to
the different towns in this State, and propose a meeting of such inhab-
itants as are desirous to promote a coalition of parties.
Resolved unanimously, That John Brown, Welcome Arnold, and Da-
vid Howell, Esqrs. Col. Zephaniah Andrews, and Jabez Bowen, Esq; be
the Committee for that purpose; and that they are desired first to wait
upon the citizens of Newport, and endeavour to obtain their concur-
rence, in writing to the several towns aforesaid, or in any other mea-
sures that may be mutually agreed on by the aforesaid Committee, and
such good citizens of Newport as they may consult.
In pursuance of the above appointment, the Committee conferred
with a number of the citizens of Newport, who joined with them in the
following letter, which was delivered on the 26th inst. to the gentleman
to whom it is addressed, and a reply is now waited for.
Newport, March 24, 1790.
SIR, Many of the good people of this State see, with deep concern,
the unhappy divisions which for a long time have distracted their po-
litical concerns, distressed the mercantile interest, and threatened de-
struction to all.-They also consider it a duty to study for peace, as the
only mean by which the best interest of the State may be built up,
mutual confidence restored, and the felicity of all be best effected.
Moved by these considerations, the inhabitants of the town of Provi-
dence have had a very general meeting, in which it was unanimously
resolved, that a coalition of parties should be earnestly attempted, and
for that purpose appointed a Committee to consult with the people of
Newport, and other towns, and request their assistance in a measure
so necessary and so very desirable.
The subscribers have therefore not only had a meeting for that pur-
pose, but have had some considerable opportunity of consulting many
others; and from the disposition which they have for some time per-
ceived and pervade the minds of the people at large, conceive it their

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