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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


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COMMENTARIES ON THE CONSTITUTION
resources for arts and manufactures, and the connection of her name
with the original splendor and fame of Congress, all strongly mark her
as the most proper state for the new government of the United States.
1. Reprints by 27 August (13): N.H. (2), Mass. (5), R.I. (1), Conn. (2), N.J. (1), Pa.
(2).
Vermont Journal, 11 August1
Eleven States have now adopted that Constitution which the Grand
Convention of the United States thought the most adviseable. North-
carolina and Rhodeisland are yet to follow, we hope, the example of
the others. Congress are now deliberating on the subject of putting
the Federal Constitution into operation; and in all probability this state
will very soon be called on to raise a Pillar to the Noble Edifice, or
hear their fate with respect to a division. It would perhaps be well for
every man to acquaint himself as thoroughly as possible with the new
Constitution, and have his mind ripe for a candid determination,
should we be called on as a State in the Great Union, which, we have
every reason to believe, will be the case.
1. Reprints in whole or in part by 30 September (6): N.H. (2), Mass. (2), R.I. (1),
Pa. (1). Because the Vermont Journal for 11 August is not extant, this item was transcribed
from the Massachusetts Spy, 18 September, which printed it under a dateline of Windsor,
11 August.
Pennsylvania Gazette, 13 August1
The impertinent letter sent by the late Convention of New-York to
all the states,2 urging what they impudently call amendments in the new
constitution, merits the severest treatment from all the friends of good
government. It holds out the total annihilation of every useful and
wise part of the constitution. The only design of these supposed
amendments is to continue a few New-York speculators and land-job-
bers in office, who have imposed upon an ignorant but well meaning
majority in the convention. Nothing proves this more than the enmity
these official certificate and land-brokers shewed to the government
before it was published.3 Let the government have a fair tryal. If it
should be found faulty, the faults will soon shew themselves, and they
may be amended. Fortunately for the United States, six states have
adopted the constitution without a wish for a single alteration. If they
continue firm, no alteration can be made until an experiment has been
tried with the government. This experiment will certainly be favourable
to it, for the demands for alterations in a great majority of the dis-
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