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Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J.; Leffler, Richard; Schoenleber, Charles H. (ed.) / Commentaries on the Constitution, public and private. Volume 6: 10 May to 13 September 1788
18 (1995)

Commentaries on the Constitution: public and private,   pp. [1]-367


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8 SEPTEMBER, CC:843
will carry it, tho' much depends on R. Island & N Carolina, one, or
both of which Conceive that they have no right to Vote, as their States
have not adopted the Constitution, and that therefore they ought to
have no voice in any measure Concerning it.-Should the New Con-
gress meet here, it will be much in favor of this place, and all persons
interested in it's welfare, must wish them to make it their residence.-
The public securities & the politics of the Country are so connected
together that they make me too often intrude on your time-I had
almost said on your patience; but you must excuse me, as it is entirely
owing to the anxious wish I have to be full in my Communications to
you....
1. FC, Collin McGregor Letterbook, 1788-1789, NN. The name of the addressee
does not appear, but it was apparently Neil Jamieson, a London merchant who employed
McGregor as his American business agent. (For other letters that McGregor wrote to
Jamieson, see CC:538, 590; and RCS:Va., 637-38, 1575.) The portions of the letter
not printed here deal with debt collection and New York lands owned by both men.
843. Andrew Allen to Tench Coxe
London, 8 September (excerpt)'
I find by the last Accounts from America that ten States have at
length agreed to adopt the new foederal Constitution & therefore take
it for granted it will be generally received as the remaining three States
must I think of Necessity come in. I am really glad of it, as the good
Effects it is likely to introduce will be probably felt not only by those
immediately within it's Sphere, but by every Country communicating
with America & particularly by that in which I am peculiarly interested.
Though the Consequences arising from this System may not in my
View be so extensive as the sanguine Expectations on your Side of the
Water paint them, they must nevertheless be greatly beneficial by giving
Unity to the different & otherwise discordant Interests of the States,
establishing a Government with a Degree of Vigor & Energy, more at
Liberty to form & carry into Execution plans for the general Good,
& less liable to be thwarted or controuled in their Operations by the
narrow & partial Schemes of factious Demagogues. Law & Justice will
therefore probably have a freer Course, & consequently a greater Re-
spect & Veneration for Authority must prevail, which by affording
Security to Persons & Property must greatly increase the Industry &
productive Powers of the Country. These appear to me the Effects
most likely to flow from the new System which are & for a Time must
be confined to the internal Interests of America. With respect to it's
immediate Operation externally by extending Commerce or opening
new Channels of Trade, I must confess, that I can not perceive the
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