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Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J.; Leffler, Richard; Schoenleber, Charles H.; Hogan, Margaret A.; Reid, Jonathan M. (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: New York (5)
23 (2009)

V. The New York Convention, 17 June-26 July 1788 (continued),   pp. 2169-2340


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V. NEW YORK CONVENTION
ALEXANDER HAMILTON. propositions from Congress to the people, they
give it force- [Gilbert Livingston, Notes, NN]
WILLIAM HARPER. we cant go forward, till this Quest. is put- [Gil-
bert Livingston, Notes, NN]
JAMES DUANE. why ought this quesn. to be called today of the greatest
consequence- [Gilbert Livingston, Notes, NN]
GEORGE CLINTON. does not rise to hurry business-to obviate im-
pressions, which might have been given-the last questn. only post-
pones the general questn- [Gilbert Livingston, Notes, NN]
JOHN WILLIAMS. wishes that the comee. may rise and report- [Gil-
bert Livingston, Notes, NN]
JOHN LANSING, JR. was informed that a proposition was to be brought
forward this day-wishes to have it now, to consider of it-
Com[mitte]e rose-Adjd. [Gilbert Livingston, Notes, NN]
1. A legal maxim is "an established principle or proposition" or "a principle of law
universally admitted, as being a correct statement of the law, or as agreeable to reason"
(Black's Law Dictionary).
2. Harper (c. 1729-1817), a resident of Harpersfield, represented Tryon County (later
Montgomery) in the Third and Fourth Provincial congresses, 1776-77, and in the Assem-
bly, 1781-82, 1784, and Montgomery County in the Assembly, 1784-87, 1788-89. He
also served as a county judge in Montgomery and Otsego (formerly part of Montgomery).
Harper voted against ratification of the Constitution in the New York Convention.
3. Adgate (1737-1818), a native of Norwich, Conn., moved in the 1760s to Canaan,
N.Y, then in Albany County but beginning in 1786 in Columbia County. A farmer and
mill owner, he represented Albany County in the Third and Fourth Provincial congresses,
1776-77, and in the Assembly, 1780-85. Adgate was a justice of the peace for Columbia
County, 1786-1804, and one of its representatives to the Assembly, 1788-89, 1791, 1792-
95. He voted against ratification of the Constitution in the New York Convention.
Newspaper Report of Convention Debates, 14 July 1788
New York Daily Advertiser 17July 17881
From Poughkeepsie we learn, that the Antifederalists called for the
final question on Monday last, but were overuled by a motion of Mr.
Hamilton, seconded by Mr. G. Livingston, that the question be post-
poned till the next day, which was carried.
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