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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 405

APPENDIX I, 3 SEPTEMBER
1. This item was reprinted in the September issue of the Philadelphia Columbian
Magazine and in thirty-two newspapers by 16 October: Vt. (2), N.H. (1), Mass. (8), Conn.
(5), N.Y. (6), Pa. (5), Md. (3), Va. (1), S.C. (1). John Sevier was governor of the separatist
State of Franklin from 1785 to 1788. He was elected to the North Carolina Convention
of 1788 (Hillsborough) from Greene County (which was in the State of Franklin), but
he did not attend. Sevier was elected to the North Carolina Convention of 1789 (Fay-
etteville), where he voted to ratify the Constitution. He served in the U.S. House of
Representatives in 1790 and 1791.
Newport Herald, 28 August'
Extract of a letter from a gentleman at Hudson
to his friend in this town, dated Aug. 7.
"The adoption of the new Constitution by our Convention has given
universal satisfaction to the Anties-all parties seem to unite as one,
and agree to put the government in motion. Judge Yeats, one of the
Supreme Court, in giving his Charge to the Grand Jury at Albany a
few days since, recommended the support of the Constitution to them
in a very pretty manner, and acknowledged he was, before its adoption,
opposed to it, but now it was his and every other man's duty to support
it.-Both parties, it is said, are this day to join in a Federal Procession
at Albany.-I mention this to shew you the union that is likely to take
place in Albany, where there was the most dissention."2
1. Reprints by 8 October (12): N.H. (1), Mass. (3), Conn. (1), N.Y. (1), N.J. (1), Pa.
(3), Md. (1), Va. (1).
2. Soon after the New York Convention ratified the Constitution on 26 July, the
Federalist leaders of Albany approached the city's Antifederalist leaders and requested
that they take part in a celebration to honor New York's ratification, but the Antifed-
eralists refused (Abraham G. Lansing to Abraham Yates, Jr., 3 August, Yates Papers,
NN). On 8 August a large and elaborate celebration was held in Albany, consisting
primarily of a long procession and a dinner in a substantial "Federal Bower," especially
erected for that purpose. Unlike the widely reported "fracas" that occurred between
Federalists and Antifederalists on the Fourth of July, this commemoration took place
without incident. In late October Aaron Burr noted that "Political Strife is still high"
in Albany, "the only part of the State where the Spirit of Party is kept thoroughly alive"
(to Theodore Sedgwick, 30 October, Kline, Burr, I, 37).
Pennsylvania Gazette, 3 September'
A correspondent deplores the peculiar distress of the United States
of America, from the declining state of commerce-the failure of the
funds of the United States, and of each of the single states-the Anti-
feederalism of North-Carolina-and above all from the New-Yorkism of
the present Congress,2 which deprives us, by its delays, of the only
remedy that exists for all the other evils which have been mentioned.
The partiality discovered for that oblique corner of the United States
by a few interested men, to the great injury of the union, which re-
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