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)
III. The debate over the Constitution in Maryland, 4 December 1787-29 April 1788, pp. 101-428 ff.
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 105
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