Jensen, Merrill; Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J. (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Pennsylvania
A. The assembly calls the state convention, pp. 58-111
WILLIAM FINDLEY moved, that the House would direct one thousand copies in English, and five hundred copies in German, of "the Constitution agreed to in Convention, for the government of the United States," to be printed and distributed among the citizens of Pennsylvania. HUGH H. BRACKENRIDGE would add to the motion, that a committee be appointed to engage a proper person to translate the plan into the German language; which was agreed to, and Messrs. Will, Hubley, and Kreemer were appointed. The Pennsylvania Assembly Tuesday 25 September 1787 Assembly Debates ROBERT WHITEHILL thinking the number, ordered yesterday to be published of the plan of the federal government, is too small, he moved to add two thousand more to that motion. HUGH H. BRACKENRIDGE observed, that this paper had been pub- lished in all the gazettes, as well as in handbills; from which he con- cluded, that the number of fifteen hundred, ordered yesterday, would be enough to convey the information generally through the state; as it was also probable, that it would be reprinted in the gazettes at Pitts- burgh and Carlisle. He observed, that the Constitution and state- ment of the comptroller, printed for the purpose of being distributed through the state, were not the more generally spread-as such orders of the House did not accomplish their object, he was of opinion it would be as well to keep the money in the treasury. ROBERT WHITEHILL contended, that the circulation of newspapers was but small and not adequate to convey that full information which the present subject required. The southwest part of Chester County and Lancaster County, he thought, were hitherto unacquainted with the result of the delibera- tions of the Convention; the newspaper in Carlisle may circulate it in Cumberland County, but Northampton, Northumberland, and the other back counties can know nothing of it. He was for saving the public money, as much as any member; but wished to give the people an opportunity of thinking for themselves on this important subject. Keeping money in the treasury does not give information to the people, which, at this time, is so extremely necessary. 63 A. DEBATES/25 SEPT.
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