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Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J.; Moore, Timothy D. (Historian); Lannér-Cusin, Johanna E.; Schoenleber, Charles H.; Reid, Jonathan M.; Flamingo, Margaret R.; Fields, David P. (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Maryland (2)
12 (2015)

VI. The aftermath of ratification in Maryland, 27 April-10 October 1788,   pp. 687-766


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VI.
THE AFTERMATH OF RATIFICATION
IN MARYLAND
27 April-10 October 1788
Introduction
The delegates to the Maryland Convention ratified the Constitution
on Saturday, 26 April, and they signed the Form of Ratification on the
following Monday. The original items taken from newspapers, broad-
sides, and private correspondence that are printed below report that
Maryland had ratified the Constitution, that South Carolina, New Hamp-
shire, and Virginia had also ratified, and that celebrations for the rati-
fication by these four states had taken place in Maryland. Other doc-
uments include brief discussions of what had occurred in the Maryland
Convention, speculations about what Maryland ratification meant to
Maryland and the nation, and speculations about the future of the
United States under a new form of government.
Newspaper items printed in Part VI are overwhelmingly from Mary-
land and neighboring Virginia and Pennsylvania. About ten items are
printed from each of Baltimore's two papers, the Maryland Gazette and
Maryland Journal. Four items are from the Annapolis Maryland Gazette.
Five Philadelphia papers have either one or two items in Part VI. A
single item appears from the Virginia newspapers in Alexandria, Nor-
folk, Richmond, and Winchester. The remaining newspaper items are
taken from papers in New York City and Boston.
Part VI contains about forty newspaper pieces, several of which are
of substance: "One of the Committee" and an anonymous piece in the
Annapolis Maryland Gazette (both 8 May), "A Member of Convention"
and a comparison of provisions in the Constitutional Convention's
Committee of Detail report to those in the actual Constitution in the
Baltimore Maryland Gazette (13 May and 3 June), "Federalism" and "A
Republican" in the Maryland Journal (9 May and 16 May), and "A Free-
man" in the Philadelphia Independent Gazetteer (13 May). All of the re-
maining newspaper pieces are extracts of letters and news items, though
some are intermixed with brief editorial commentary.
Maryland newspapers also continued to reprint items from other
states. Again the focus was on news items, with articles on the conven-
tion election violence in Dobbs County, N.C., the prospects of ratifi-
cation in those states which had not yet ratified the Constitution, the
proceedings of the South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New
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