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

A. Responses to ratification and to The Dissent of the Minority,   pp. 646-669

Page 663

you exonerated your consciences by a faithful discharge of your duty.
Your names will descend to posterity with admiration and esteem,
when those of your opponents will be loaded with infamy and execra-
tion. It will be said, These were the Demosthenes's, the Bruti, the
Cato's of America, when your antagonists will be classed with the
vilest tyrants that ever disgraced human nature. This will be a suffi-
cient compensation for all the outrage and insult you have received
from the senseless, ignorant rabble in Philadelphia, and the harsh
rude treatment given you by such of the aristocratical junto as were
members of the Convention; so that your reward is sure, suppose this
Constitution should even be adopted universally, which we are per-
suaded will never be. The late glorious Revolution is too recent in
the memory of American freemen, to suffer this. It may occasion a
small conflict, but the cause of liberty is worth contending for, and we
firmly believe there are yet numbers who will account it their highest
honor to unite with you in the glorious struggle. That the same spirit
which actuated you from the first appearance of this baneful instru-
ment may predominate in the breast of every brave American is, gen-
tlemen, the most ardent desire of your inflexible adherents.
Signed by order of the meeting, William Brown, in the chair. George
Logue, Clerk.2
1. According to John Jordan, the "Address of 'Thanks" was written before the
riot in Carlisle on 26 December but that the "commotions" prevented its publica-
tion in the Carlisle Gazette. Jordan therefore sent it to John Nicholson for publica-
tion in Philadelphia newspapers (Jordan to Nicholson, 26 January, IV:B below).
By 17 March the "Address" had been reprinted in the Carlisle Gazette and in three
Antifederalist newspapers: the Independent Gazetteer, the New York Journal, and
the Boston American Herald.
2. Logue had taken part in the Carlisle Riot of 26-27 December 1787 (see
Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Sheriff Charles Leeper, 23 January, IV:B below).
Hampden, Pittsburgh Gazette, 16 February'
The Constitution proposed for the government of the United States
is of such importance to the present age, as fully to justify an honest
and free discussion thereof. Yet the magnitude of the subject cer-
tainly requires that such as offer their sentiments respecting it to the
public should themselves have a competent knowledge of its princi-
ples. It may be freely granted, that from a mistaken zeal in favor of
that political liberty which was so recently purchased at so costly a
rate, even good men may give it unreasonable opposition, but such
men cannot reasonably be charged with sordid personal interest as
their motive; because it is great and sudden changes which produces
opportunities of preferment; but that class of men, who either

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