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Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J.; Leffler, Richard; Schoenleber, Charles H.; Hogan, Margaret A.; Reid, Jonathan M. (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: New York (5)
23 (2009)


ratiLfication from New York.
The brief commentaries on the New York C
vention are followed by descriptions of ratificatit
celebrations that occurred in a dozen New Yw
towns and nine more outside the state. The celeh
tions were characterized by, among other thin>
militia parades; musket, cannon, and rocket firin
bell ringing; dinners and toasts; orations and
dresses; and processions. On the day after the H
Moon District's celebration, the district's woni
joined by Lansingburgh's women, held a celeb-
tory procession in Waterford. Albany's process'
mimicked the federal procession in New York (I
on 23 July. In New York City, violence broke (
when a mob ransacked the office of Antifedera
printer Thomas Greenleaf and destroyed his tl
The post-Convention commentaries, consisti
mostly of private letters written by New York(
include (1) commentaries on the Constitutiw
especially on the need for amendments, (2) can -
mentaries on the New York Convention's circa
letter and the efforts to call a second consti n
tional convention, (3) the Confederation C<
gress' preparation for the first federal electioe
under the Constitution, (4) the related debate
Congress over the location of the federal capil
a matter of the utmost importance to New Yte
City, and (5) the publication of the Conventio
journal and debates.
A brief section covering the payment of Ci
vention delegates includes the text of an act K
paying the delegates, passed on 28 February 17'
Jatnes Duane's listing of his Convention expens
and payment information for Peter Vrooman
lenrV Wisner. This busy legislative session, bep
in December 1788, had grown increasingly bit
as legislators debated how to elect U.S. repres
tatives and senators to the new Congress, hoo
appoint presidential electors, and whether to
quest Congress to call a second constitutional o)
vention to consider amendments. The legislat
debates on New York's call for a second comn
tion are preceded by a lengthy editorial note t.
traces the idea of convening such a conventh
and private and public out-of-state commiental
on the NewYork Circular Letter and the respons
to it by state legislatures.
Four appendices consist of (1) notes on ib
Constitution by Convention delegate Rich.i
Morris, (2) a draft of a possible newspaper arti
by another Convention delegate Robert R. Livi i
ton and his annotation of a copy of the Const
tion, (3) a published draft of a Convention spen
(never delivered) supporting amendments, a
(4) two illustrations from the New York Packet.
This volume also contains a general ratificatt
chronology, a list of New York officeholders a
Convention delegates, a three-color map as 1
papers depictiig New York mtificationi. and I
mulative in

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