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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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13 MAY, CC:742
gia, which has already offered to return them to him, along with some
added concessions. His situation seems to him preferable to what he
could hope for in Georgia. He manages all the Commerce of the
Creeks with the Spanish, he possesses large tracts of land, numerous
troops, comfortable dwellings, where he keeps some women, has a
Library, and even has a company of musicians for himself. He has
accustomed the Creeks to organize regular attacks and to stand fast,
contrary to Savage custom. He has armed them well and makes them
fight on foot and on horseback. If all the Savage nations that still find
themselves within the territorial limits claimed by the United States
had similar leaders, the Americans could not consider themselves mas-
ters for a long time.
1. RC (Tr), Correspondance Politique, Etats-Unis, Vol. 33, ff. 166-68, Archives du
Ministere des Affaires Etrangares, Paris.
742. A Freeman
Philadelphia Independent Gazetteer, 13 May'
The conduct of the majority in the Maryland convention is a striking
display of the nature of power, and a sample of what the freemen of
America would experience from the great Congress if established: in-
ebriated with a temporary superiority, they arrogantly refused to dis-
cuss the merits of a system of government that was to determine the
fate of a great people, that would prove either the instrument of their
freedom and prosperity or of their slavery and misery for ages to come,
but observed a contemptuous silence, notwithstanding some of the
greatest and most able men in Maryland, with the ardour of patriotism,
represented the dangers with which the new constitution was replete,
and repeatedly urged the majority to invalidate their objections if in
their power; a greater insult than this was never offered to freemen,
and the infatuation of the people must indeed be astonishing if they
are not aroused by it to a sense of the imposition practising upon
them under the sanction of a Washington. The conduct of the Maryland
convention also shews the folly of trusting to future amendments; for
they have already thrown aside the masque, and avowed the intention
of establishing the new constitution in all its plentitude of powers,
without any reservation in favor of the liberty of the people. After
amusing the minority with hopes that suitable amendments would be
recommended by them, they at length in a despotic manner dissolved
the convention.
What must be the feelings of the great body of the people in Mas-
sachusetts, who were deluded into the adoption of this system of gov-
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