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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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COMMENTARIES, 16 OCTOBER 1787
it, I am charged with aiming at popularity, by professing an opinion
which every one has taken up before.
In a word, I find myself misconstrued in every attempt to instruct
my fellow citizens; but this consolation remains, that I only share the
common fate of instructors, and this last counsel I give gratis to my
readers, to consider "That none are in such real want of instruction as
those who are unwilling to receive it."
October 15, 1787.
1. "Caution" may have been written by Samuel Chase. See "Caution's" previous ad-
dress, Maryland Journal, 12 October, note 1 (above).
2. See "Caution," Maryland Journal, 12 October, note 2 (above).
A Friend to the Constitution
Maryland Journal, 16 October 17871
To the INHABITANTS of BALTIMORE-ToWN.
You have been addressed in the last Friday's Paper, by a writer under
the signature of Caution, who would persuade you that you ought to
withhold your approbation at this time, from the Federal Constitution
recommended by the Convention.
This writer may have the best intentions in the world towards the
public welfare, and the prosperity of Baltimore; but every one must perceive
that he is an enemy to the proposed Constitution, and wishes to prevent
you from expressing yourselves in its favour, not only at this time, but at
any future time.
Mr. C- is said to be the author of this admonition; but, that this
is a malicious insinuation, aimed at his sincerity, will appear by consid-
ering his recent promise on this subject, signed and published by himself,
in reference with the resolution of the Convention, upon which that
promise is founded. I shall state both the resolution and promise, that
you may judge for yourselves.
The resolve of the Convention declares, that the Constitution should
be submitted to a Convention of Delegates, chosen in each State by the
people, under the recommendation of its legislature, for their assent and
ratification.2
Mr. C- being called upon, before his election, to declare himself
on this point, promises to the people, "that he will use his endeavours,
if elected, to call a Convention."3
I would just observe on this resolve and promise:-First-that the
resolve makes it an absolute condition that the legislature recommend a
Convention to assent to and ratify the Constitution.4-Secondly-that the
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