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Jensen, Merrill; Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J. (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Pennsylvania
(1976)

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


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A. RESPONSES TO RATIFICATION/2 JAN. 1788
will flow from it. The people of Chambersburg, at the court, demon-
strated their joy on the arrival of the news with thirteen discharges
of cannon, and the madeira flowed plentifully. What must the
minority think, when at this place they expected support, to find
themselves so disappointed? I hope it will be [the] case everywhere.
1. RC, Yeates-Burd Collection, PHi. Clark was a York lawyer.
Northampton County Meeting, 1 January 17881
At a meeting of a number of respectable inhabitants of the second
election district, in the county of Northampton, held at the town of
Northampton the first day of January, 1788, Peter Rhoads, Esquire
was chosen chairman.
The Constitution proposed for the government of the United States
by the late Federal Convention held at Philadelphia, and the report
of the honorable the deputies from this county in the state Conven-
tion to the people thereof, were read.
On consideration, it was unanimously Resolved:
Ist. That it is of the greatest importance to the good people of these
states, that the United States in Congress assembled be vested with
all the necessary powers of a free and sovereign people in order to
command respect with foreign nations, and keep domestic peace and
good order among these states, and the citizens thereof.
2dly. That we are fully convinced the proposed Constitution (wisely
built on the grand foundation of free government, the sovereignty of
the people) will effect these inestimable national blessings.
3dly. That this meeting highly approves of the conduct of the honor-
able the deputies from this county in the late state Convention, in
assenting to the ratification of the said Federal Constitution.
4thly. That the proceedings of this meeting be published in one
or more of the newspapers in this state.
Signed, by order of the meeting, Peter Rhoads, Chairman.
1. Pennsylvania Gazette, 30 January. The Gazette's account, translated from the
Philadelphische Correspondenz, 22 January, was reprinted four times in Philadel-
phia and three times outside Pennsylvania.
An Address to the Minority of the Convention,
Carlisle Gazette, 2 January1
The history of mankind is pregnant with frequent, bloody, and al-
most imperceptible transitions from freedom to slavery. Rome, after
she had been long distracted by the fury of the patrician and plebeian
parties, at length found herself reduced to the most abject slavery
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