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Jensen, Merrill; Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J. (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Pennsylvania

A. Responses to ratification and to The Dissent of the Minority,   pp. 646-669

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public creditors of this state and the United States will be rendered
secure in their demands without any perceptible burthen on ihe peo-
6thly. That all disputes which might otherwise arise, concerning
territory or jurisdiction, between neighboring states, will be settled
in the ordinary mode of distributing justice without war or bloodshed.
7thly. That the support of government will be less expensive than
under the present constitutions of the different states.
8thly. That all partial laws of any particular state for the defeating
contracts between parties, or rendering the compliance therewith on
one part easier than was originally intended and fraudulent to the
other party, are effectually provided against by a prohibition of paper
money and tender laws. And,
9thly. That peace, liberty, and safety, the great objects for which the
late united colonies, now free independent states, expended so much
blood and treasure can only be secured by such an union of interests
as this Constitution has provided for.
In full confidence that our unanimous conviction and concurrence
in favor of this Constitution will meet the entire approbation of our
constituents, the freemen and citizens of this county, we have the
honor to subscribe ourselves, their devoted servants. John Arndt,
Stephen Balliot, Jos. Horsefield, David Deshler. Easton, December
20, 1787.
1. Pennsylvania Gazette, 2 January 1788. This account was reprinted live times
in Philadelphia, once in Carlisle, and three times in New England by the end of
the first week in February 1788. "Centinel" IX, 8 January (CC:427) cha-eged that
the resolutions were the work of "a despicable few" who were trying deceitfully
to make it appear that Northampton County strongly supported the Corstitution.
"Centinel's" allegations touched off a heated exchange between Patterson, t he meet-
ing's chairman, and the publishers of the Freeman's Journal and of the Indepen-
dent Gazetteer for printing such charges (Mfm:Pa. 382, 405, 406, 470, 48).
For correspondence between John Nicholson and James Pettigrew, the meeting's
secretary, concerning a derogatory remark that Pettigrew supposedly made about
Nicholson at this, or some other Northampton County meeting, see Mfrr:Pa. 508,
566, 589.
2. Captain Patterson was the leader of the Pennsylvania claimants in the
Wyoming Valley in 1783 and 1784. He favored using force against the Connecticut
John Armstrong, Sr. to Benjamin Franklin,
Carlisle, 25 December (excerpt)'
I beg you may accept my thanks for your favor enclosing a copy
of the Federal Constitution, some time ago delivered to me by young
Mr. Wharton. . . .

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