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

C. The petition campaign for legislative rejection of ratification, 2 January-29 March 1788,   pp. 709-[726]

Page 720

720                               IV. AFTERMATH OF RATIFICATION
Assembly Proceedings, Saturday, 29 March
The House met pursuant to adjournment.
Petitions from 519 inhabitants of the county of Westmorelarid were
read praying that the Constitution proposed for the government of
the United States of America by the late Federal Convention may not
be adopted, and setting forth the conduct of the majority of the de-
puties of the General Convention, appointed by this state, is repre-
hensible, and that they should be brought to account for the same.
Ordered to lie on the table.
The letter from the honorable the Vice President of this state
[Peter Muhlenberg], read February 28th last, transmitting a letter
from His Excellency the Governor of the State of Massachusetts [John
Hancock], together with the amendments proposed by the late Con-
vention of that state to the Federal Constitution recommended for the
government of the United States, was read the second time. Where-
Ordered, That the letter from His Excellency the Governor of
Massachusetts, together with the proposed amendments, be inserted on
the Minutes, viz.:
[Text of Hancock's letter of 16 February 1788 and the proposed
amendments of the Massachusetts Convention. Shortly after the docu-
ments were read into the Minutes, the Assembly adjourned until the
first Tuesday in September.]
Summary of Petitions Against the Adoption of the
New Constitution Presented to the Assembly, March 17882
Petitions presented in session of March 1788 against the adoption of
the new Constitution:
Northampton    presented by Mr. [Peter] Trexler
[Jr.],        Signed by  2303
Dauphin                  " Mr. [Robert] Clarke    "    "  600
Bedford                  " Mr. [John] Piper       "    "  450
Franklin                 " Mr. [James] McCalmont"      " 1884
Cumberland        "      " Mr. [Thomas] Beal      "    "  930
Cumberland        "      " Mr. [John] Oliver      "    "  387
Cumberland        "      " Mr. [Thomas] Kennedy "      " 1004
Westmoreland      "      " Mr. [James] Bar        "    "  519

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