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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]


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IV. AFTERMATH OF RATIFICATION
that the most of the first characters of that society are warm in the
opposition; and the Quakers, as a society, have directed their people
not to interfere on either side. This alone shows a pointed disappro-
bation of theirs to the new Constitution.'
This being established, what danger is there of a civil war? None!
For who would be the parties in the war? Would a city faction venture
to face the majesty of a free people? No! like the Carlisle junto, the
best man among them would be, he who had the best pair of heels.
And even in the city and county, we may count a large third in the
opposition, and a very small part of the two-thirds would choose to
fight under the banners of despotism, to protect the mock-federal
faction, whose leaders are the principal public defaulters!
The idea of a civil war, then, must only be held out by the junto
to intimidate the people from procuring the necessary amendments.
But it cannot have any effect, only upon those who are really no men
at all. ["Investigator," Freeman's journal, 19 March]2
An extract of a letter from a gentleman of veracity in Franklin County
to his correspondent in this city, dated 2d March, 1788.
Every hour the new Constitution loses ground in this part of the
state. I find too, from the information of travelers from the counties
adjacent to the Delaware, that the most of the inhabitants f those
counties are with us in sentiment; and that the advocates of this
system are confined chiefly within the city, the majority of whom are
under the influence and direction of the Bank [of North America].
I wish you may write me soon on the subject.
In the counties this side the Susquehanna, we are pretty well in
unison, determined to oppose the chains forged for us by the Wellborn.
I shall endeavor to give you some idea of the situation of the proposed
Constitution in the counties this side of the river.
In Washington County they count 27 advocates of the new Con-
stitution.
Westmoreland             do.          33   do.
Fayette                  do.           2   do.
Bedford                  do.           7   do.
Huntingdon               do.          26   do.
Franklin                 do.          33   do.
Cumberland               do.          31 1/4 do.
Northumberland           do.          very few, number not
yet ascertained,
York                     do.          do. do.3
A report having been circulated in your city, that the delegates
from Fayette County [John Smilie and Nathaniel Breading] had
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