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

B. The assembly election, 9 October 1787,   pp. 173-179


Page 175

B. ASSEMBLY ELECTION/9 OCT.
merce, agriculture, manufactures, arts and sciences, the encourage-
ment of emigration, the abolition of paper money, the annihilation
of party, and the prevention of war were ingeniously considered as
the necessary consequences of that event. The doctor concluded with
an emphatic declaration that "were this the last moment of his exist-
ence, his dying request and injunction to his fellow citizens would
be, to accept and support the offered Constitution."
Mr. Gurney moved, that a committee be appointed to write and
publish answers, under the authority of their names, to the anony-
mous pieces which have appeared against the Federal Constitution.
But, Mr. Donaldson observing that it would be improper to expose
any particular gentleman to a personal attack, Colonel Gurney's mo-
tion was withdrawn.
The thanks of the meeting being presented to the chairman, the
business of the evening was closed. [Pennsylvania Herald, 9 October,
Extra]
* * * *
A correspondent finds occasion to remark the difference between
words and actions, in reviewing the proceedings of the meeting lately
held at the State House. It was the favorite theme of declamation,
and the great source of claps and huzzas, that the adoption of the new
plan of federal government would annihilate party. But mark the
result, not a man was chosen without the pale of the Republican as-
sociation, and the name of a respectable citizen was lost in the echoes
of no, no, because he has hitherto been esteemed an advocate for the
constitution of Pennsylvania. It is undoubtedly true, continues our
correspondent, that the Republican Party predominates so effectually
in this city, that it can accomplish any object which it undertakes;
but to render this power permanent, it must be exercised with
candor, consistency, and prudence. It is to be hoped, therefore, that
the election of delegates to the Convention will be conducted upon
those principles; and that, on the one hand, men will not be ap-
pointed to sit in judgment upon their own work, while, on the other,
only the friends to the Revolution will be employed for transacting a
business which is the immediate consequence of that glorious event.
[Pennsylvania Herald, 13 October]
John Montgomery to William Irvine,
Carlisle, 9, 13 October1
This is one of the important days throught this State it is truly So to
us in this County [Cumberland] the members of which has Disgreaceed
them Selves and us by thire late Conduct in Philad by Seeseeding
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