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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)
(2015)

III. The debate over the Constitution in Maryland, 4 December 1787-29 April 1788,   pp. 101-428 ff.


Page 105

COMMENTARIES, 4 DECEMBER 1787
Pennsylvania Gazette, and one each from the Pennsylvania Packet and the
Pennsylvania Mercury. Two letter extracts appeared in the Maryland Jour-
nal, and the last was from the New Haven Connecticut Journal. Maryland
letter writers included such political leaders as Daniel Carroll, Charles
Carroll of Carrollton, Alexander Contee Hanson, John Eager Howard,
and Thomas Johnson. From outside Maryland, letter writers included
James Madison, a Virginia congressman serving in New York City, and
Coxe and Frazier and Levi Hollingsworth (Philadelphia), and Uriah
Forrest (London). Among the letter writers were merchants, lawyers,
planters, officeholders, a physician, a newspaper printer, and a French
diplomat.
More letters and extracts of letters from newspapers covering the
months found in Part III are also printed in Part IV on the election of
delegates to the Maryland Convention.
A Marylander
Baltimore Maryland Gazette, 4 December 17871
Mr. HAYES, I observe in your paper of the 27th inst. that our Dele-
gates to the Federal Convention are, on Thursday next [29 November],
to be examined before the House of Delegates,2 and that a Convention
is to be called to confirm or reject the proposed Constitution; the time
of calling it is expected to be fixed, after the Delegates have been ex-
amined, when every county and town in Maryland should discard all
party jealousies, and unite in deputing men to consider the Federal
Government, capable of accurately examining every part thereof, and
upon a view of the whole, taken together either ratify or reject it.-
The Convention is now sitting in Pennsylvania, and though that State
unhappily is convulsed by the continual struggles of two great con-
tending parties, yet generally speaking, they have shewn a disposition to
chuse disinterested men, by excluding salary officers and Assemblymen, from
an apprehension, that a desire to retain their personal consequence
and prevent a diminution of their incomes might tempt them to op-
pose any alteration of our present Governments, however expedient or
necessary; persons known to be deeply interested in public securities
are there thought improper, because they might wish for any General
Government, however contradictory to the principles of freedom, merely
to appreciate the papers in their hands-Several registers of wills are
chosen Convention men in that State, from an idea, that all testamen-
tary cases will certainly remain entirely in the State Governments, there-
fore they are considered as impartial persons-The chief judge of the
supreme court,3 is chosen for the city of Philadelphia, because being a
decided friend to the new Constitution, he is supposed to be actuated
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