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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 406

quires a central situation, suggests a most alarming hint of the future
views of the Eastern states. It is high time for Virginia, South-Carolina
and Georgia to take care of themselves.
1. Reprints by 25 September (8): Mass. (5), R.I. (2), N.Y. (1). The Worcester American
Herald, 18 September, placed the word "Threat!" in square brackets after its reprinting
of this item.
2. A reference to the sentiment to keep the federal capital in New York City. After
considerable debate, Congress passed an election ordinance on 13 September stating
that "the present Seat of Congress" (i.e., New York City) should be "the place for
commencing Proceedings under the said Constitution" (CC:845).
Pennsylvania Packet, 3 September (excerpt)'
Extract of a letter from Dr. Price to a gentleman in this
city, dated Hackney, near London, June 16.
"I rejoice in the probability there is of the establishment among
them of an energetic federal government, and I hope that by this time
the new constitution has been adopted by a majority that will be suf-
ficient to bear down opposition, and to engage the acquiescence of all
the most wise and virtuous part of the states. No society can prosper,
if, after a fair discussion, the minority will not submit to the decisions
of the majority. The wise and virtuous must see this, and be guided
by it. I admire in this instance Dr. Franklin's conduct2-It has been
worthy of himself.-The conduct, likewise, of the minority in the state
of Massachusetts seems to have done them great credit. In Pennsylvania
the minority have acted upon a different principle; but I hope they
will see the unreasonableness of their conduct, and not endeavour to
disturb the public peace. I think with Mr. Adams pretty much on the
subject of government, and cannot but approve of the new Consti-
tution as fundamentally right.3..
1. Reprints in whole or in part by 29 September (20): Vt. (1), N.H. (1), Mass. (5),
R.I. (2), Conn. (1), N.Y. (4), N.J. (1), Pa. (1), Md. (1), Va. (1), N.C. (1), S.C. (1). The
letter was possibly written to Benjamin Rush, one of Price's correspondents in Phila-
delphia. One of the paragraphs (not printed here) mentioned the debate in England
over the slave trade, a topic in which Rush had much interest.
2. Richard Price refers to Benjamin Franklin's conciliatory speech made in the Con-
stitutional Convention on 17 September 1787 (CC:77).
3. Price probably refers to statements made by John Adams in his Defence of the
Constitutions (CC:16).

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