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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

Page 2340

request the Legislature of your           to take the earliest opportu-
nity of making it. we are persuaded that a similar one will be made by
our Legislature at their next Session; and we ardently wish and desire
that the other States may concur in adopting & promoting the Measure
It cannot be necessary to observe that no Govt. however constructed,
can operate well, unless it possesses the Confidence and good will of
the great Body of the People. (and as) We desire nothing more than
that the amendments proposed by this or other States be submitted to
the Consideration and Decision of a general Convention, and we flatter
ourselves that motives of mutual affection and Conciliation will con-
spire with the obvious Dictates of sound Policy to induce even such of
the States as may be content with every Article in the Constitution, to
gratify the reasonable Desires of that numerous Class of american Cit-
izens who are anxious to obtain amendments of some of them.x
We request the favor of your Ex[cellenc]y to lay this Letter before
the Legislature of your           and we are persuaded that your Re-
gard for our national Harmony and good Government will induce you
to promote a Measure which we are unanimous in thinking very con-
ducive to those interesting Objects-
By the unanimous order of the Convention
xOur Amendments will manifest that none of them originated in lo-
cal views as they are offa Nature which (such as if acceded to must
equally affect every State in the Union-Our Attachment to our Sister
States and the Confidence we repose in them, cannot be more forcibly
demonstrated than by submitting (acceding) to a Government which
most ofu0    refrlypruae           snot well! calclated to secure- the
happines of the people of the United States (which many of us think
very imperfect) and devolving the power of determining whether that
Governmt. shall be rendered perpetual, (in its present form) or altered
agreeable to our Wishes, on one-fouith (a minority) of the States with
whom we unite.
1. MS, McKesson Papers, NHi. All interlineations are placed in angle brackets and
often replace crossed-out text. Some of the interlineations areJohn Lansing,Jr.'s marginal
notes that Alexander Hamilton rewrote and interlineated with a caret. Jay probably
drafted the letter even before the Convention appointed the committee during the morn-
ing session of 25 July. The last paragraph, excepting the changes made in it, is in the
handwriting of John Lansing, Jr., and was intended to be inserted in the place marked
by the letter "X" in Jay's draft. The alterations in the paragraph drafted by Lansing
appear to have been made by Hamilton and by an unknown hand.

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