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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

Page 63

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
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
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.

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