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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)

VIII. The Rhode Island Convention second session, 24-29 May 1790,   pp. 984-1012

Page 992

Voted that the Instructions here to fore given to the Deligates re-
specting the proposed Constitution be recalled2
(Voted that the Deligates of this Town be and they hereby are In-
structed to use their Influence & Votes in the Convention now Seting
at Newport for the Adoption of the Constitution which hath been Al-
ready Adopted by Twelve States)
William Peckham Jr. appeared in Town Meeting this day and Re-
signed his office as a Deligate in the State Convention now seting at
Newport. And the Meeting Accepted of his Resignation and Voted that
Elisha Barker be appointed a Deligate in the sted of the said William
Peckham Jur who Resigned-
1. MS, Town Meetings, 1743-1808, Vol. 1, Town Hall, Middletown, R.I. The text in
angle brackets is in the volume labeled Papers Relating to the Adoption of the Consti-
tution at the Rhode Island State Archives. It is "A true Extract taken from Record" as
witnessed by town clerk Elisha Allen.
2. For the previous Middletown instructions adopted on 21 April 1790, see RCS:R.I.,
Portsmouth: Instructions to Convention Delegates, 29 May 1790
Town Meeting, 29 May 1790 (excerpts)1
At a Town Meeting of the Freemen of Portsmouth held at the house
of Elisha Coggeshalls this 29th Day of May 1790.
The Warrant being Read
Voted & Giles Lawton jur Esqr. is Chosen Moderator ...
Voted that the following Instructions be given to the Delegates of
this Town in the State Convention in order to Govern their Conduct
in said Convention, which are as follows to wit-
[The instructions appear at this point. For the copy sent to the Con-
vention, see immediately below.]
Voted that this Meeting be Dissolved
Thereby Certify that the above is a true copy of the Proceedings of
the above said Town Meeting-
Witness Abram. Anthony jr Town Clerk
Instructions, 29 May 17902
At a Town Meeting of the Freemen of Portsmouth held at the House
of Elisha Coggeshall this 29th. Day of May 1790-legally convened-
& expressly called at this Time, for the Purpose of obtaining the final
& decisive Opinion of the Town respecting the adoption or Rejection
of the New Constitution proposed by Congress3 for the Government of
the United States; now under Consideration of the State Convention.

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