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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
William Loughton Smith to Edward Rutledge
New York, 24 May 1790 (excerpt)'
. .. The R. Island Convention meet to day-the Bill from the Senate
(which past by a majority of two to one in that house) is fixed to be
taken up this day week in a Comihee of the whole;2 by that time we
shall learn what they intend doing-it may work upon them Success-
fully....
1. RC, William Loughton Smith Papers, South Carolina Historical Society. Printed:
DHFFC, XIX, 1587-88. Smith (1758-1812), a Charleston, S.C., lawyer, was a member of
the S.C. House of Representatives, 1785-89, and the U.S. House of Representatives,
1789-97. He voted to ratify the Constitution in the South Carolina Convention in May
1788. Rutledge (1749-1800), a Charleston, S.C., lawyer, was a signer of the Declaration
of Independence and a delegate to the South Carolina Convention, where he voted to
ratify the Constitution.
2. See "Congress Considers a Bill to Prohibit Commerce with Rhode Island," 28 April-
1 June (above).
John Sullivan to John Langdon
Durham, N.H., 24 May 1790 (excerpt)'
.. . I am very much mortified to hear that the President of the united
States is Indisposed;2 may god preserve him for the good of a rising
Empire and for the benefit of the world in General. I am much pleased
that we are not threatned with any foreign attacks and that the Little
speck in Creation Rhode Island can do us but lit[t]le hurt even if the
old Spirit prevail....
1. RC, Langdon Papers, Portsmouth Athenaeum, Portsmouth, N.H. Printed: DHFFC,
XIX, 1588-89. Sullivan (1740-1795), a Durham, N.H., lawyer, and a major general in
the Continental Army during the Revolution (he commanded the troops in the siege of
Newport in 1778), was president of New Hampshire, 1786-88, 1789-90, and president
of the New Hampshire Convention, where he voted to ratify the Constitution on 21 June
1788. He was a U.S. district judge for New Hampshire, 1789-95. Langdon (1741-1819),
was a Portsmouth, N.H., merchant and president of New Hampshire 1785-86, 1788-89,
and U.S. Senator, 1789-1801. He signed the Constitution in the Constitutional Conven-
tion, 1787, and voted to ratify the Constitution in the New Hampshire Convention.
2. See John Adams to William Ellery, 19 May, note 4 (above).
New York Daily Advertiser, 26 May 17901
Extract of a letter from Rhode-Island.
"Do not blame us all with too much severity for what may appear to
you in our conduct absolute perverseness and obstinacy. Wherever ig-
norance and prejudice prevail, both those vices will also abound. Where
numbers of the representatives of the people have been collected from
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