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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 379

2. For Edmund Randolph's speech of 4 June, see RCS:Va., 931-36, especially p. 933;
and for similar newspaper items, see Massachusetts Centinel, 18 June (RCS:Va., 1648-
3. This extract of a letter was reprinted in the June issue of the Philadelphia American
Museum, and in twenty-nine newspapers by 10 July: Vt. (1), N.H. (1), Mass. (2), R.I. (2),
Conn. (6), N.Y. (7), N.J. (1), Pa. (4), Md. (1), Va. (1), S.C. (2), Ga. (1). On 21 and 24
June, respectively, the Providence Gazette and Salem Mercury (Mfm:Va. 251, 256) also
published similar accounts. Nathan Dane, a Massachusetts delegate to Congress in New
York City, probably referred to this extract when he wrote that: "by the inclosed paper
you will see-how affairs stood in Virginia relative to the Constitution on the 4 instant-
I need only add that the extracts of letters mentioned in this paper are genuine, and
from originals which I saw-and them from men whose information, I suppose, may be
relied on" (to Caleb Strong, 15 June, Strong Papers, Forbes Library, Northampton,
Mass. Five New York City newspapers reprinted this extract on 13 and 14 June.).
4. This paragraph was reprinted seven times by 10 July: Conn. (1), Md. (1), Va. (2),
N.C. (1), S.C. (1), Ga. (1).
Massachusetts Centinel, 14 June'
On the 4th day of July next, will be sold, for the benefit of the Anti-
federalists, the Old ARTICLES of CONFEDERATION. That no one
may have cause to plead ignorance of their condition, to have an excuse
for returning them, the intended purchasers are informed, that they
have been found much the worse for the wear-and that having been patched
up in a hurry, to answer a purpose during the war, they are defective
in every part-However, sold they must be-and as a little encourage-
ment to buyers, the purchaser will have the State of RHODE-ISLAND
thrown into the bargain.
UNION & FEDERALISM, Auctioniers.
June 14, 1788.
N. B. It was intended to have also given into the bargain the
TENDER LAW of Massachusetts-But it died a few nights since-and
has left but very few relicks-worth acceptance.2
1. Reprints by 24 July (12): Mass. (1), R.I. (1), Conn. (1), N.Y. (3), N.J. (2), Pa. (1),
Md. (1), Va. (1), S.C. (1).
2. In early June the Massachusetts General Court refused to extend the tender law
(or the law suspending suits for debts) that it had originally adopted in November 1786
and had extended in June and November 1787.
Pennsylvania Packet, 16 June'
The year 1788 has begun with events of the most interesting nature.
The African slave trade is likely to receive a deadly blow in Great
Britain. The parliaments of France have claimed, and will probably
recover, their ancient privileges. The Russians have begun a war, which

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