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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)

VII-B. Public and private commentaries on the Constitution, 25 July 1788-23 February 1789,   pp. 2426-2498

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the first four years-And Whereas he conducted the War between En-
gland and those States with great Wisdom & Success-and being Ruled
by the same Spirit of Wisdom and truth without a doubt by the Assis-
tance of the other worthy Gentlemen will do his duty as president if
Chosen in the line of Justice, Wisdom, and truth which will be a good
Patern and Example for those that may Succeed him.-Now I have
taken upon me to Write concerning this new Mode of Government I
hope it wont be taken amiss as it concerns every Individual person in
those States-To give my opinion in one single Article which is con-
cerning the Chusing or Ellecting the president; that is after the four
years are Expired-the time the first president time is expired then in
Consequence comes a Choice of another president-Now the very way
I would propose is for the other States to cast Lotts which of them the
President should be chosen out of and to serve for one Year-And so
casting Lotts every Year for the Remaining States, and with the New
States which may yet be made that perhaps a president wont be chosen
twice in one state in less time than twenty          years-So that will
always Secure the peoples rights in their own Power, and still the pres-
ident will have full power to Act Also.-
1. MS, Palmer Papers, NHi. This manuscript is undated. Palmer wrote a note, dated
"December 10th 1788," at the end of the manuscript: "This Letter of Instructions was
sent to several Printers in New York but they refused to give it a place in their Papers."
Palmer purchased Minneford's Island in 1761 and devised a project to turn the island
into the major port for the Long Island Sound region, thereby challenging the commer-
cial supremacy of New York City. Palmer (and his fellow investors) obtained a patent for
additional waterfront rights from the Crown, renamed the island City Island (part of
present-day Bronx), and laid out an entire port town. The Revolution severely hampered
the island's development as it was controlled by the British who drove Palmer, a supporter
of American independence, and his family off the island. Palmer settled in New York
City. His postwar efforts to revive the project failed. Perhaps encouraged by the new
Constitution, in 1788 and 1789 Palmer unsuccessfully petitioned Governor George Clin-
ton and President George Washington, respectively, seeking redress for his wartime losses.
He also petitioned authorities requesting compensation for his construction of a free
bridge over the Harlem River in 1759.
Francis Childs and the Printed Convention Debates
16 December 1788-23 February 1789
Shorthand reporter Francis Childs (1763-1830), the printer of the Feder-
alist Daily Advertiser, first advertised the sale of The Debates and Proceedings of the
Convention of the State of New-York ... (Evans 21310) on 16 December 1788, more
than four months after the Convention adjourned. On 7 December Childs had
written to Benjamin Franklin, who had helped to establish him as publisher of
the Advertiser in 1785, that he had been working on the Debates "for the last
three months" (Mfm:N.Y). Childs did not advertise or announce in the Advertiser

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