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Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J.; Moore, Timothy D. (Historian); Lannér-Cusin, Johanna E.; Schoenleber, Charles H.; Reid, Jonathan M.; Flamingo, Margaret R.; Fields, David P. (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Maryland (1)

I. The debate over the Constitution in Maryland, 17 September-30 November 1787,   pp. 3-67

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4. See House of Delegates Proceedings, 23 November (RCS:Md., 70).
5. See "Luther Martin Addresses the House of Delegates," 29 November (RCS:Md.,
Richard Curson to Horatio Gates
Baltimore, 28 November 1787 (excerpt)'
... Our Assembly are now sitting, the Delegates of the late Conven-
tion, are sommonsed to appear before the House Tomorrow; to render
an Acct. of their Conduct, I suppose this is Done by the opposite Party,
& draw every Embarrasement in the way of the intended new Govern-
ment: at the Head of this here you are not ignorant of, but I fear it
will be some time before these matters will be Conclusive, which our
all depends on as a Nation &ca.....
1. RC, Gates Papers, NHi. This letter was sent "To the care of Mr. Hart,/Hagerstown."
Philadelphia Freeman's Journal, 28 November 17871
Extract of a letter from Annapolis, November 20th.
"Our assembly, I expect, will in a few days take up the constitution
proposed by the late convention, and it is expected that they will call
a convention to meet in May or June, for a free and full investigation
of it, and to make and propose amendments and alterations, if found
1. This letter extract was reprinted in the New York Journal, 1 December; Baltimore
Maryland Gazette, 7 December; Salem Mercury, 11 December; and State Gazette of South
Carolina, 27 December.
Maryland Journal, 30 November 17871
If any, through indifference or indolence, for want of examining the
New Federal Plan, have condemned it, they certainly fail in duty to
society, and are unjust to themselves.-The importance of the subject,
requires we should examine it deliberately, and the exigency of the
times, that we do it speedily.
That innate desire to be free, which discovers itself in every human
breast, abundantly proves, that to comply with any human laws, consti-
tute no part of our natures. -They are what we submit to from motives
of convenience,-not choice. Sooner than risque the invasion and de-
struction of the whole of our liberty and property, we voluntarily resign
part of each. Should each State expect the interest of the whole of the

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