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Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J.; Leffler, Richard (ed.) / Commentaries on the Constitution, public and private. Volume 4: 1 February to 31 March 1788
16 (1986)

Index,   pp. 540-596

Page 595

1. RC, Belknap Papers, MHi. Printed: "Belknap-Hazard Correspondence," 43-45.
2. See Massachusetts Centinel, 7 May (above). This item was reprinted in the New York
Daily Advertiser on 20 May and the New York Independent journal on 21 May.
3. See New York journal, 10 March (above).
4. See "Centinel" IX and XIV, Philadelphia Independent Gazetteer, 8 January and 5
February (above).
5. See "Petition of the Philadelphia Newspaper Printers to the Pennsylvania Assem-
bly," 20-29 March (above). The petition and excerpts from the Assembly's Minutes
were reprinted in the New York journal and the New York Daily Advertiser on 17 May.
Salem Mercury, 27 May1
The PUBLISHERS hereof to their BRETHREN at the Southward.
EifStrange as it may appear, nevertheless it is true, that the Printers of the
Salem Mercury receive few-VERY FEW-publick newspapers from the South-
ward, except those obtained through private channels-NONE from Balti-
more, NONE from Philadelphia, the Independent Gazetteer excepted, NONE AT
ALL from New-York, notwithstanding the papers from this Office are in-
variably sent on, and known to be received. The evil complained of, is not
a contracted one, its influence extends to our brethren, in general, in New-
England; and is of so dark a complexion as may well give birth to alarming
apprehensions. A respectable character, however, in office, in the city of
New-York, in a letter to the Printers hereof, observes, "Every newspaper
sent to this office, to be forwarded, I have sent off with the mails.-What I
have received have been generally done up in so wretched a manner, that
I am sure they never can go any distance in the mail, without being all
loose, so as not to know what place they are for. I think if the newspapers
were done up, well dryed, with a good cover, and tyed, they would not
miscarry, as the complaint now is." Where then, think ye, lurks the evil?
Devoutly is it wished, that our Southern brethren would probe the affair,
and find it-anxiously investigate the cause of so dangerous an impediment.
1. Reprinted: New York journal, 5 June; Pennsylvania Packet, 11 June.
George Washington to John Jay
Mount Vernon, 18 July (excerpt)1
While we are awaiting the result [of the New York Convention]
with the greatest anxiety our Printers are not so fortunate as to obtain any
Papers from the Eastward.-Mine, which have generally been more regu-
lar, have, however, frequently been interrupted for sometime past.-
It is extremely to be lamented that a new arrangement in the Post Of-
fice, unfavorable to the circulation of intelligence, should have taken place
at the instant when the momentous question of a general government was
to come before the People.-I have seen no good apology, not even in Mr.
Hazard's Oublication,2 for deviating from the old custom of permitting
Printers to exchange their Papers by the Mail.-That practice was a great

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