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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


Page 773

ANNUAL SPRING ELECTIONS, 19 MARCH-21 APRIL 1790
duty, as far as respects themselves, and the general peace and happiness
of the State, to propose for your consideration, and that of your friends,
who are desirous to place you at the head of administration for the
year ensuing, that there be a prox agreed upon as nearly equal as may
be, and filled up on principles truly and sincerely conciliatory: That
you, or such other person as you and your friends may agree upon, be
recommended as Chief Magistrate: That a Deputy Governor be pro-
posed who shall be agreeable to those who have for some time been
considered as the minority, and that the Assistants be as nearly divided
as may be: In accomplishing which, you and your friends may expect
from us, and as far as our influence may extend, every reasonable con-
descension, so that the main object may be accomplished, which we
assure you is no other than the peace and lasting prosperity of the
State.
We wish your serious consideration of this proposition, and your
hearty concurrence in an object so very important, and which it must
be the earnest desire of all good men to see happily obtained. We shall
be ready to meet you, and such friends as you may think proper to
consult, at any time and place you may notify to us in the course of a
week from this time.
We are, Sir, your very humble servants,
GEORGE CHAMPLIN,
HENRY MARCHANT,
GEORGE GIBBS,
JAMES ROBINSON,
ISAAC SENTER,
JOHN BROWN,
WELCOME ARNOLD,
DAVID HOWELL,          Providence Committee.
ZEPHANIAH ANDREWS,
JABEZ BOWEN,
ARTHUR FENNER, Esq;
to be communicated.
1. This item was also sent to Bennett Wheeler who printed it in his United States Chron-
icle on 1 April. The Newport Herald, 1 April, and Charleston City Gazette, 21 April, both
reprinted this item from the Providence Gazette.
Providence United States Chronicle, 1 April 17901
Mr. WHEELER, Being informed, that the Letter of the joint Commit-
tee from Newport and Providence, which was directed to me " to be
communicated," is to be published in your next Paper; and having, agree-
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