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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 (1)
11 (2015)

I. The debate over the Constitution in Maryland, 17 September-30 November 1787,   pp. 3-67

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Baltimore Maryland Gazette, 25 September 1787
The diet, the air, and the political constitution of a country, give the
peculiar and distinguishing character of the people; and as the char-
acteristics change, the inhabitants undergo the same metamorphoses.
How different are the modern Italians from the ancient Romans! If
Brutus were now living, he would probably acquiesce in the depending
state of a cardinal, and the papal crown would be unanimously pre-
sented to Caesar.
Youth, says a celebrated political writer, is the seed time of good
habits as well in nations, as individuals.'-It might be difficult if not
impossible to form the continent into one Government half a century
hence. The vast variety of interests occasioned by an increase of trade
and population would create confusion. State would be against State.
Each being able would scorn each other's assistance, and while the
proud and foolish gloried in their little distinctions; the wise would
lament that the union had not been formed before. Wherefore the
present time is the true time of establishing it.
1. From Thomas Paine's Common Sense (Philadelphia, 1776) (Evans 14954), 71.
Maryland Journal, 28 September 17871
Mr. GODDARD, You'll please to insert in your Paper, the following
Extract of a Letter from a Gentleman of New-York, to his Friend in this
Town.                                                     A. B.
Baltimore, September 28, 1787.
"I Have the Happiness to assure you from good Authority, that the
New System of Federal Government will be unquestionably adopted by
New-Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New-York and Jersey. The
People of Pennsylvania, I presume, you well know, are almost univer-
sally for it-And I can easily conceive, that your State will have no
Hesitation upon the Subject, as it is particularly favourable to it. It will
have no Opposition here, unless from a few Demagogues of desperate
Fortunes, who wish not to see a regular permanent Government estab-
"There is one Person in the State of Massachusetts, of respectable
popular Talents, who was originally opposed to the Convention at Phila-
delphia, and who, it is well known, though he does not avow it, will
oppose the proposed Federal Government. This Person's Politicks, how-
ever, will beyond a Doubt prevent his being in the Legislature. His
Opposition to the New Government is attributed to a Wish to throw
our Political Affairs in the utmost possible Confusion.-And, indeed,

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