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Kaminski, John P.; Schoenleber, Charles H.; Saladino, Gaspare J.; Leffler, Richard; Reid, Jonathan M.; Flamingo, Margaret R.; Lannér-Cusin, Johanna E.; Fields, David P.; Conley, Patrick T.; Moore, Timothy D. (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Rhode Island (3)
26 (2013)

VI. The debate over the Constitution in Rhode Island, 20 January-29 May 1790,   pp. 711-897


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VI. DEBATE OVER CONSTITUTION
1. RC, Dwight Foster Papers, MHi. Theodore Foster apparently held on to this letter
for a while before sending it. At the top of the blank third page, he dated it "Sunday
Evening Feb. 14. 1790." The letter is addressed "To/Dwight Foster Esqr/Brookfield/On
Favour of/Mr Hitchcock." It is docketed as "Theodore Foster Esqr/Letter Recd. Feby
15, 1790."
2. Latin: God gave to us this favorable day. For there was no day in which we lived
rejoicing more of divine Providence-and we press forward thanks to God.
3. The United States Chronicle, 21 January, and the Providence Gazette, 23 January, printed
the text of the act calling a state Convention (RCS:R.I., 675-76).
Philadelphia Federal Gazette, 1 February 1790
The accession of Rhode-Island to the confederation, is an event,
which it can no longer be doubted, will soon take place. All that was
wanting to effect the adoption of the constitution of the United States,
was a fair and impartial examination. This it will now have, and from
this it will never lose. On the contrary, the more it is examined, the
more manifest will its excellencies become. Every friend to union and
good government will rejoice to hear, that this deluded people have
become sensible of their errors; and that paper money and tender laws
will be banished from this their last hold.
The success which has crowned the perseverance of the virtuous and
well disposed part of that community, may teach us a useful and im-
portant lesson, never to desist from our endeavours to obtain that which
is right, nor to be disheartened, however powerful and determined our
adversaries may be; for, sooner or later, the cause of truth and justice
will prevail.
William Ellery to Benjamin Huntington
Newport, 2 February 1790 (excerpts)'
I have received your letter of the 23d. of last month with the News
papers, and thank you for them.-I have written two letters to you
before this, the receipt whereof please to acknowledge in your next if
you should have received them....
I have given to Mr. Partridge2 the best account of the state of parties
here, that I can obtain at present.-In the course of the next week I
shall be able to determin what will be the result of the Convention.
The Delegates will I am afraid be nearly equal. I hope the majority will
be in favour of the New-Constitution. If the Feds should fail it will not
be from a want of the most strenuous exertions.-
With great esteem
1. RC, Letters of William Ellery, R-Ar. Printed: DHFFC, XVIII, 387-89. In the omitted
portion of this letter Ellery comments on the 14 January report of Secretary of the
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