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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 403

APPENDIX I, 25 AUGUST
nal, 1 September. A slightly different version in the Massachusetts Gazette, 22 August,
referred to North Carolina's "secession" from "the new Confederacy." The Massachusetts
Gazette's version was reprinted in the New Hampshire Spy, 23 August.
Lansingburgh Federal Herald, 25 August'
FEMALE FEDERALISM.
On Thursday the 14th instant, in imitation of the laudable example
set them the day before by the gentlemen,2 the Ladies of Half-Moon
district, joined by a number from Lansingburgh, assembled at Water-
ford, and to manifest their attachment to the federal interest, formed
as beautiful a procession as ever was beheld: They were sixty-four in
number, dress'd with the utmost neatness and simplicity, without the
aid of foreign gewgaws to embellish their persons, but were, like
Thompson's Lavinai, "when unadorn'd adorn'd the most"3-Preceded
by two ladies supporting the constitution, ornamented with blue rib-
bon, on the end of a flag-staff, they walked, two by two, at a proper
distance, and in perfect order, through the different streets, while the
countenances of the numerous and respectable beholders revealed the
transporting joy which reign'd triumphantly within their breasts on
viewing the amiable espousers of the federal cause. They then moved
to the green west of the town, and beneath an elegant colonade, per-
mitted a large number of gentlemen to partake with them of the boun-
ties of the tea-table. While the company were thus regaling, eleven
cannon were discharged in honor of the event they were celebrating.
Tea being over, a drum, fife and violin, gave the signal for a country
dance, and the gentlemen handing out their partners, led down the
dance in a perfectly rural style. The dance ended, the ladies again
form'd into a procession, and, in the same manner as before, walked
thro' the town; and to close the order of the day, moved to a house
prepared for their reception, safely deposited the constitution, and
were again accompanied by the gentlemen in the innocent and elegant
amusement of dancing, from which the company retired at an early
hour.
1. This item was reprinted twenty-four times by 18 September: N.H. (2), Mass. (5),
R.I. (2), Conn. (2), N.Y. (3), N.J. (2), Pa. (2), Md. (2), Va. (3), S.C. (1). The Worcester
American Herald, 11 September, reprinted only the first paragraph. The Massachusetts
Centinel, 10 September, printed an edited version of the first paragraph, entitled "The
FEDERALISM of the LADIES," which stated that the ladies and gentlemen "concluded
their demonstrations of joy, on the promising happiness which their country will receive
from the establishment of a wise, equal and energetick government." Moreover, in
describing the "dress, deportment and countenances" of the ladies and gentlemen in
the procession, the Massachusetts Centinel inserted the following verse:
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