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Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J.; Leffler, Richard; Schoenleber, Charles H.; Hogan, Margaret A.; Reid, Jonathan M. (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: New York (5)
23 (2009)

V. The New York Convention, 17 June-26 July 1788 (continued),   pp. 2169-2340


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JOHNJAY: DRAFT OF NEW YORK CIRCULAR LETTER
We prefer the mode of consideration by a general Convention, be-
cause they will be able to take up the amendments proposed by all the
States, and accommodate them as near as possible to the general sen-
timent-Besides it is to be presumed that on such an occasion the
States would depute men in whose ability & dispositions for such a
work, they could repose the fullest confidence-
The opposition made by this State to this Constitution has been rep-
resented to proceed from local attachments and from an aversion to
establish a good federal government-We trust the amendments we
have proposed will manifest that none of our objections have originated
from those sources-Every State in the union we presume are equally
interested with ourselves in obtaining them-Our attachment to the
union of the States is equally ardent with that of any of our sister
States-We beleive their attachments to Liberty is equally strong with
ours-As a decisive proof of both, we chearfully consent to submit to
their determinations on the propriety of the amendments to be made
to this system-And have the highest confidence that they will join with
us in applying to Congress to summon a Convention to consider of
such as are proposed by the States-
1. MS, Smith Papers, KZ 14832, Item 10, N.
John Jay: Draft of New York Circular Letter'
We the members of the Convention of this State, have deliberately &
maturely considered the Constitution proposed for the united States.
Several articles in it appear so exceptionable (to a majority of us,) that
nothing but the fullest Confidence of obtaining a Revision of them by
a general Convention, and an invi [n] cible Reluctance to separating
from our Sister States could have prevailed upon them (a-majority-of
us a sufficient number) to ratify it (without stipulating for previous
amendments.) We all unite in opinion that such a Revision will be nec-
essary to recommend it to the approbation and Support of a numerous
Body of our Constituents. We observe that amendments have been pro-
posed and are anxiously desired by several of the States as well as by
this; & we think it of great Importance that effectual measures be im-
mediately taken for calling a Convention (to meet at a Period not far
remote;) we are convinced that the apprehensions and Discontents
which those Articles occasion, cannot be removed or allayed, unless an
act to provide for it, be among the first that shall be passed by the new
congress. As it is essential that an application for the (Purpose) Should
be made to them by two thirds of the States we earnestly exhort and
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