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Jensen, Merrill (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Delaware, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut
(1978)

V. Commentaries on the Constitution, 13 November 1787-7 January 1788,   pp. 456-534


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CONNECTICUT/13, 15 NOV.
ride hard. As to this, I have now said all I have to say. Another
thing I told you, I was glad you had accepted of the presidency. I
was in hopes you would have both leisure and inclination to correct
and amend the blunders in my dissertations on the Prophetick Writ-
ings and my Dissertation on the End of the World, and that you
would do me the favor to introduce my grandson into one of the
academies, if he should be found capable of the business, as it will
doubtless be in your power to do much for him in that way, when
he shall have accomplished his studies, if found deserving. A clergy-
man I am unwilling he should be, as they are a cruel, hardhearted
set of gentlemen, take them collectively, for they think our Savior
died only for the Elect, who, as near as I can compute, is not more
than 1 in 10,000. All the rest, they are not willing should, in any fu-
ture state of existence under some future dispensation not yet re-
vealed, but as St. Peter tells us, is Ready to be Revealed in the Last
Times, have any chance to become willing subjects in some moral
way, and Bow the Knee to the Messiah's scepter, although He has
sworn by Himself that Every Knee Shall Bow, and Every Tongue
Shall Confess-but all these they are quite willing should be damned
Eternally. I can't but think these governing principles makes so
many of them willing to adopt the new Constitution, which restrains
Congress from Regulating Trade by the prohibition of African slaves
for 21 years to come, that they, not being of the Elect, might begin
their State of Punishment early in the day before they pass into the
other world.
1. RC, Johnson Papers, CtHi. In editing this letter the capital letters and the
italics which Gale apparently used for emphasis have been retained.
2. Johnson had accepted the presidency of Columbia College in New York in
October.
3. See Killingworth Town Meeting, IV above.
A Countryman I
New Haven Gazette, 15 November
The essay below by Roger Sherman was the first in a series of five.
They were published in the New Haven Gazette between 15 November
and 20 December. The heading "A Countryman" was omitted from
the first essay. The essays were reprinted nationally, but not in Con-
necticut (CC:261, 284, 305, 322, 361). See also "A Countryman" II,
22 November and Sherman's "A Citizen of New Haven," 7 January
1788, both in V below.
To the People of Connecticut
You are now called on to make important alterations in your gov-
ernment by ratifying the new Federal Constitution.
There are, undoubtedly, such advantages to be expected from this
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