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Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J.; Leffler, Richard; Schoenleber, Charles H. (ed.) / Commentaries on the Constitution, public and private. Volume 6: 10 May to 13 September 1788
18 (1995)

Commentaries on the Constitution: public and private,   pp. [1]-367


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sentients, who are well known to be the mere echoes and tools of a
few individuals in Philadelphia, who are apprehensive that their loaves
and fishes are in danger: The greater part of these twenty-three were
of the anti-federal minority in our General Assembly, who were for
copying after the worthy example of Rhode-Island, in refusing, even
to call a convention to deliberate on the proposed plan;5 and who were
also the avowed advocates of our ruinous paper-money measures.
With these, then, and the respectable groupe of Rhode-Island, you
are joined in opposing the almost unanimous voice of United America.
Let the idea of being connected with such be no longer harboured in
your bosoms. Turn with indignation from them, and their infamous
principles. And join the patriotic sons of freedom, who are now about
to complete the glory and independence of America.
(a) See Luther Martin's genuine information.6
1. Reprinted: New York Independent journal, 17 May; Carlisle Gazette, 21 May; Exeter,
N.H., Freeman's Oracle, 6 June.
2. See Joshua 9:21 and Exodus 5:6-19.
3. "A Patriotic Citizen" refers to a German-language broadside of "Centinel" I
(printed in Philadelphia) that omitted a derogatory passage about George Washington
and Benjamin Franklin. (See CC:133, p. 330, at note 3. For the broadside, see Evans
20250.) See also Pennsylvania Gazette, 24 and 31 October (RCS:Pa., 201; and CC:218)-
the first public notices of the omission.
4. Adapted from Aesop's "The Shepherd's Boy."
5. Only four of the twenty-three members of the Pennsylvania Convention who voted
against ratification had been members of the Assembly that voted to call a convention
to ratify the Constitution. See RCS:Pa., 57 and 591.
6. See Genuine Information VI (CC:425, especially p. 297).
741. Comte de Moustier to Comte de Montmorin
New York, 11 May1
The Maryland Convention has adopted the new Constitution, which
brings to seven the number of States that have accepted it. It is prob-
able that henceforth, in imitation of Massachusetts and Maryland, some
modifications (amendments) will be proposed. But if the required num-
ber ratify the Constitution, the new Government will nevertheless be
established, and the new Congress will decide on the amendments that
are appropriate to affix to the Constitution. Public attention is focused
today on the States of Newyork and Virginia. Federalists flatter them-
selves that, because of the success of the elections to make up the
individual Conventions of these States, they will follow the example of
the 7 that have adopted the Constitution. Moreover, they are counting
on at least two of the three other States that have yet to decide, namely,
11 MAY, CC:741
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