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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)

Appendix I,   pp. 368-406

Page 369

of this Union, by adopting the Constitution framed for its future sup-
port and welfare.
1. Reprints by 11 June (7): Mass. (1), N.Y. (2), N.J. (1), Pa. (2), Va. (1).
New Jersey Journal, 14 May'
Extract of a letter from an American Gentleman in London, to his friend
at Newark, (New-Jersey) dated March 1, 1788.
"The friends of our country here are exceedingly anxious to know
how the fate of it will turn, with respect to the adoption of the new
Constitution: Upon the event of which, as they think, and very truly,
its future welfare or misery intirely depends. Political affairs here seem
to tend fast towards some great event. The Emperor has finally de-
clared war against the Porte.2 Every preparation is making for the
contest by the respective parties. The Russians have here taken up
great quantities of shipping. All these things cause our friends here,
to wish well to the establishment of a permanent and efficient gov-
ernment in America. There is not the least doubt, should Europe be
embroiled and America keep clear, it would be the corner stone of
her rising superior to her wants; and we might yet be respected, wher-
ever we go, as we are now despised and rediculed."
1. Reprints by 7 July (22): Vt. (1), N.H. (1), Mass. (5), Conn. (3), N.Y. (2), N.J. (1),
Pa. (5), Md. (3), S.C. (1).
2. The "American Gentleman" refers to the fact that Joseph II, the Emperor of the
Holy Roman Empire, had finally agreed to assist Russia in its war against Turkey.
Pennsylvania Gazette, 14 May'
The elections for the state of New-York are closed, but the votes
being sealed up till the latter end of this month, it is impossible to
ascertain the list of the members for their convention. 'Tis however
certain, that many of their ablest and most patriotic characters will be
in that house, so that the constitution will be considered by able and
candid politicians, sensible of its merits, disposed to allow for its in-
terferences with partial interests, and sensible of the critical posture
of our affairs, at home and abroad. Since there will be many in the
New-York convention, who have expressed a desire for the adoption,
and many more, who from the above circumstances will be averse to
the rejection of it, we have not a doubt of seeing that near neighbour
and sister state adding her respectable name to the new confederacy.
Then will all be included, from Massachusetts to Maryland. The same
circumstances and considerations render the adoption by Virginia
equally probable. South-Carolina appears certain.

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