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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)

III. The debate over the Constitution in Maryland, 4 December 1787-29 April 1788,   pp. 101-428 ff.

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to prevent an emission, whereas the opponents to it, on the other hand,
exclaim with equal bitterness, that those electors, generally speaking,
who had been in the preceding House of Delegates, were predeter-
mined to vote against all but paper-money men-Neither side would
have ventured to use such harsh language, had the members of both
branches of Legislation been equally and peremptorily precluded from
assisting to chuse the Senate.
Too many of those red-hot Whigs, who are opposed to the Federal
Constitution, insist that the Tories (among whom they ungenerously
include the whole body of Nonjurors,8 without reflecting there were
many real good Whigs among them, and great numbers were restrained
from taking the test by conscientious scruples) have combined together
in carrying it through from an inveterate aversion to a republican Gov-
ernment, therefore to guard against the effects of any future jealousies
and suspicions (however erroneous they may be) of the preponderancy
of a disaffected influence among us, though every man of a liberal turn
of mind must wish the obliteration of all past political distinctions, and
a cordial union of every description of men to promote the general
welfare, which may ultimately be effected by the late restoration of the
nonjurors to the privileges of citizenship, as no man ought to be taxed
without being represented, policy requires, that no nonjuror should offer
himself as a candidate, to the Convention, unless generally admitted by all ranks
of people to be uncommonly well versed in the principles of Governments-For
my own part, from principles of conciliation, I am glad, that there are
several respectable nonjurors in the present House of Delegates, and
only for the reason, above stated, could wish to send some of them to
the Convention.
If the people in the different counties will but make a point of del-
egating sensible, honest and dispassionate men to the Convention, and
excluding alike from it both the outrageous opponents to, or advocates
for, the new Constitution, against whom, from circumstances, there are
reasonable grounds of suspecting their being more actuated by motives
of avarice, ambition or faction, than a desire to render real services to
their country, the final decision of that body will probably meet with
general approbation, therefore they should be at liberty to exercise
their own judgments, unrestricted by instructions, for though the peo-
ple are right in instructing their members of Assembly upon any par-
ticular act, every material part of which may be comprehended in one
view, yet it cannot be deemed offensive to observe, that a decided ma-
jority of the people at large are always too much enveloped in their
professional and domestic occupations, to afford them either leisure or

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