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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)

VII. The Rhode Island Convention first session, 1-6 March 1790,   pp. 898-983


Page 983

PRIVATE COMMENTARY, 7 MARCH 1790
not to vote for any Adjournment; without the greatest Necessity; and
then not beyond the first of April.4-But They paid no Attention to
Their Instructions-How They may yet be opperated upon is uncer-
tain-I have done giving, for I have almost lost my, Hopes of Success-
Misery will fall upon the Merchantile Interest, and upon poor Newport
most heavily:-Wood & Flower will rise to an extravagant Price-The
Farmer will not begin to feel till next Fall, unless Congress provide
otherwise-Pray Sir, what must become of Us? what more can we do,
if the Constitution is not adopted at the Adjournment of the Conven-
tion the 24th. of May. And what will be the Measures of Congress in
that Case?-If we adopt the Constitution The Anties hope to be able
to send forward Their own Creatures;-and expect The Recommen-
dations of Their Senators &c will be sufficient to procure Appointments
to Their own peculiar Friends.
I fear Congress may adjourn, before They may be able to pass the
proper Bills for collecting the Revenue &c &c should We adopt the
Constitution the last of May:-For it must be sometime in June, before
Our Assembly will meet to choose Senators &c-Will there be a Ne-
cessity that Our Senators &c should be appointed and be in Congress,
previous to Congress's passing the necessary Bills and making all the
proper Arangements?-I wish to be advised hereon-I had the Honor
to write You Sir the 19th. of Decr. and 18th. of Janry. last5-I could
wish barely to know they were recd.-We want the best Advice:-What
we may fear, what We may hope, should we fail at last-
My Family join me in Respects to Mrs. Adams and the Family-With
sincere Esteem
1. RC, Adams Papers, MHi. For another letter commenting on the March Convention,
see Henry Sherburne to Henry Knox, 7 March (RCS:R.I., 753-54).
2. For "nocturnal conventions," see "Glossary" (RCS:R.I., 317).
3. Recommended on 2 August 1788 by the North Carolina Convention, the 25th
amendment reads: "That Congress shall not directly or indirectly, either by themselves
or thro' the judiciary, interfere with any one of the states in the redemption of paper
money already emitted and now in circulation, or in liquidating and discharging the
public securities of any one of the states: But each and every state shall have the exclusive
right of making such laws and regulations for the above purposes as they shall think
proper" (CC:821, p. 319).
For the New York amendments, see CC:818, or RCS:N.Y, 2326-35n.
4. For the instructions to ratify the Constitution and not to adjourn beyond 1 April,
see the Portsmouth Town Meeting, 27 February 1790 (RCS:R.I., 699-703n). All four
Portsmouth delegates voted to adjourn.
5. See Marchant to Adams, 19 December 1789 and 18 January 1790 (RCS:R.I., 649-
50, 680-82n).
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