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


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COMMENTARIES, 28-30 SEPTEMBER 1787
Assembly to call a Convention, to consider and decide on the Consti-
tution proposed by the late Convention for the United States, and to
appoint the Election of Delegates to the Convention as soon as the
Convenience of the People will permit. I further beg Leave to add, as my
Opinion, that the Election of Delegates to the Convention ought to be
as early in the Spring as may be.
SAMUEL CHASE.
Baltimore, September 27, 1787.
Steady
Baltimore Maryland Gazette, 28 September 1787
The conduct of Mr. Chase may surprise persons unacquainted with the
man, and who do not recollect the desperate circumstances into which
his imprudence, incapacity and extravagance, have plunged him-to
others the whole is plain, and admits of an easy solution. When he
declaimed at the Point on Tuesday evening, he was so much against
the new federal government, that all his hearers were convinced, and
most of them confessed he must be its decided enemy. When he de-
claimed again at the Court-house in town, the drift of his address was
still on the same side as before, though not quite so violent. On this
time too, he spoke at the particular instance of his friends to remove
the impressions made by him at the Point. The design was not accom-
plished-he continued still opposed to the noble labour of the late
patriotic Convention. Afterwards came out a hand-bill to clear up all
doubts, and satisfy every voter of his being a perfect federal man. But
alas! the hand-bill proved unsatisfactory, and left him where his first
speech had fixed him. In conclusion, out issues a something else, to
reconcile all contradictions, and make all things appear clear on the
side of his fitness to represent the town. This is a short history of Mr.
Chase's proceedings, who is nevertheless a decided friend to federal
measures, as some assert.-Now, how can these things be? Is Mr. Chase
of such weak and slow parts, that he cannot frame a distinct opinion
on a subject, about which nine-tenths of the town are fully agreed? Is
he so confined and poor a speaker that he cannot convey his ideas in
plain intelligible language after several trials, without running wrong
always on the same side, so that his orations and publications demand
the aid of a commentator to explain them. His admirers say he is the
wisest man and ablest speaker in the world! Whence then all this dif-
ficulty to be understood? The matter is obvious. Mr. Chase is in prin-
ciple, inclination and interest, against the new continental government,
because its establishment would leave him and his desperate adherents
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