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Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J.; Leffler, Richard (ed.) / Commentaries on the Constitution, public and private. Volume 4: 1 February to 31 March 1788
16 (1986)

Index,   pp. 540-596

Page 593

prejudiced me in its Favor, I will not pretend to say, but I wish to own the Poem, & to
add it to my Farrago of Pamphlets. Can you favor me with a Copy, under an Assurance
that I will never let it be known from whence I recd. it; if you can you will much oblige"
(Lea and Febiger Papers, PHi).
5. See "Centinel" IX and XIV, Philadelphia Independent Gazetteer, 8 January, 5 Feb-
ruary (above).
6. For Hazard's defense of himself, see the New York Journal, 21 March (above).
Hazard had sent a copy of his defense to Belknap on 12 April (above).
7. See "The Circulation of the Massachusetts Legislature's Answer to GovernorJohn
Hancock's Speech," Philadelphia Independent Gazetteer, 15-28 April (above) and CC:566.
8. Beginning in 1785 Greenleaf managed the New YorkJournal under Oswald's direc-
tion, and in January 1787 he purchased the newspaper from its owner, Elizabeth Holt
(CC:Vol. 1, xxxv, xxxvii).
9. On 29 April Greenleaf printed twenty special copies of his Journal that differed in
one respect from his regular issue of the day. At the request of Thomas Wooldridge, a
former British merchant now living in New York City, Greenleaf inserted an an-
nouncement that Wooldridge had been appointed British vice consul for New England.
All twenty special copies of the journal were sold to Wooldridge, who had been recently
released from debtors' prison. Suspicions arose almost immediately about the authen-
ticity of the announcement, and on 2 May Greenleaf explained his action in the Journal.
The next day two items in the New York Daily Advertiser challenged Greenleaf's expla-
nation and denounced him for his complicity with Wooldridge in printing a fraudulent
announcement. Greenleaf defended his actions and attacked the printer of the Advertiser
for trying to destroy his "credit and reputation" (New YorkJournal, 5 May). On 6 May
the Advertiser printed a deposition given by George Knox before state Supreme Court
Chief Justice Richard Morris that challenged much of Greenleaf's defense. Knox con-
fronted Greenleaf about the announcement on 30 April, the day after it was printed.
All in all, the incident was "the town-talk for several days" and, according to the Adver-
tiser, Greenleaf's actions "excited general indignation."
10. The election of New York Convention delegates took place between 29 April and
3 May. The election law of February 1787 and the resolutions calling the state conven-
tion provided, however, that the ballot boxes were not to be opened until the last Tues-
day in May, i.e., the 27th. The results then had to be officially reported within two
11. A reference to a widely reprinted allegorical essay by "Peter Prejudice" that was
first printed in the Philadelphia Federal Gazette on 15 April (CC:685). Hazard believed
that the author was Francis Hopkinson, but the reprint in the June issue of the Phila-
delphia American Museum identified the author as John Miffin, Esquire.
Ebenezer Hazard to Jeremy Belknap
New York, 17 May (excerpts)1
I thank you for the Centinel enclosed in yours of 11th. Inst.-Russel has
acted like a candid man, and you will oblige me by thanking him for doing
me so much Justice.2 He has rightly accounted for all the Philadelphian
Abuse of me, & that gave Rise to all which issued from more distant
Presses.-It was natural enough for Printers in distant Parts of the Union
to suppose, if their Papers came irregularly, that it was owing to some
unfriendly Regulation in the Post Office, especially when it was asserted
by a brother Printer near the Head Quarters of the Union; but what sur-
prizes me is that the Printers did not see the Improbability of the Charge
brought against the P.M.G. which was that he prohibited the Circulation

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