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Jensen, Merrill; Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J. (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Pennsylvania
2 (1976)

C. Public and private commentaries on the proceedings of the assembly on 28-29 September 1787,   pp. 121-126


Page 124

124                                  I. ASSEMBLY AND CONSTITUTION
to their constituents and their consciences, a measure which, to a
man of plain sense and common honesty, appears a willful deviation
from the legislative duties they were appointed to perform.
1. Reprinted in the Pennsylvania Gazette, 3 October and Pennsylvania Mercury,
5 October, and outside Pennsylvania in eight newspapers from New Hampshire to
South Carolina by 18 October.
Pennsylvania Gazette, 3 October'
On Saturday last, at three o'clock, A.M. an express, forwarded by
the Honorable Mr. [William] Bingham, one of the delegates from
Pennsylvania, arrived in this city from Congress, with the resolution,
recommending to each state to call a convention, to take into con-
sideration the federal government. It was read in the Assembly on
Saturday forenoon, where it was adopted, with only two objecting
votes.
From the time the resolution of Congress was passed till its adop-
tion by the State of Pennsylvania was only twenty hours. Such is the
zeal of Pennsylvania to show her attachment to a vigorous, free, and
wise frame of national government.
In consequence of the arrival of the unanimous resolution of Con-
gress, and the adoption of it by our Assembly, the bells of Christ
Church rang during the greatest part of Saturday. Many hundred
citizens of the first character attended in the lobby, and at the door
of the State House, during the deliberations of the House on the
calling of a convention, and testified their joy upon the resolves being
passed for that purpose by three heartfelt cheers. In short, unusual
joy appeared in every countenance (three or four officers of govern-
ment excepted) and the day exhibited everywhere the most agree-
able marks of the speedy resurrection of the prosperity and happiness
of Pennsylvania.
1. Reprinted in whole or in part three times in Pennsylvania and thirty-four
times from Maine to South Carolina.
Louis-Guillaume Otto to Comte de Montmorin,
New York, 10 October'
The public was still occupied with the perusal of the new Con-
stitution and seemed disposed to admire it on the whole, when the
imprudence of the legislative Assembly of Pennsylvania all at once


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