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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)

Appendix I,   pp. 368-406

Page 373

thirty millions of acres of land to the new Confederacy, provided the
adoption of nine states should take place.2 This is a tract about four
times as large as old Massachusetts, and at two thirds of a dollar per
acre, will sink twenty millions-or about double the sum now unre-
deemed of continental loan-office certificates. Such is the noble spirit
of conciliation, concession, and union now rising in the bosom of
Americans. We trust this tribute of respect to the new Confederacy will
be followed by others equally important at home and abroad.
1. Reprints by 2 July (10): N.H. (1), Mass. (3), Conn. (2), N.Y. (1), Pa. (1), Va. (1),
S.C. (1).
2. A similar report on Georgia's cession appeared in the New Hampshire Spy on 6
May. The Spy's report and another based on it, which the Salem Mercury printed on 13
May, were reprinted twenty-five times by 11 June: Vt. (1), Mass. (7), R.I. (3), Conn. (1),
N.Y. (2), N.J. (1), Pa. (7), Md. (1), Va. (2).
New York Daily Advertiser, 26 May'
We are authorised to assure the public, that a gentleman of dis-
tinction in this city has received a letter, by the last British packet,
from that illustrious politician and friend to the rights of human na-
ture, Doctor PRICE, expressing his approbation of the proposed Con-
stitution for the United States, and his wishes that it may be adopted.2
1. Reprints by 25 June (16): Vt. (1), N.H. (1), Mass. (5), N.Y. (2), N.J. (2), Pa. (2),
Md. (1), Va. (1), S.C. (1).
2. On 24 March Dr. Richard Price wrote to Arthur Lee, a member of the Confed-
eration Board of Treasury stationed in New York City: "I must own to you that the
new federal constitution in its principal articles meets my ideas, and that I wish it may
be adopted" (Richard Henry Lee, Life of Arthur Lee, . . . [2 vols., Boston, 1829], II,
New York Journal, 26 May'
It is very laughable, says a correspondent, to consider the use and
abuse of the word federal: The anti-republicans, and their tools, have
very modestly applied it to themselves, to delude the ignorant (who
are too apt to be led away by trifles) and thus add a new proof to the
common observation, that the best things may be perverted to the
worst purposes: They have the impudence to brand the advocates of
liberty anti-federal.-In this, as well as in almost every other respect,
they tread in the footsteps of the partizans of the British during the
late war, who stiled themselves friends of government; and the foes of
tyranny, rebels. At the present period, news-papers, clubs, streets, &c.
are entitled federal-and the keeper of a livery stable in Boston, has
lately advertised in the news-papers, that he has taken a federal stable.2

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