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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)

VII-A. Celebrations of New York ratification, 26 July-15 August 1788,   pp. 2381-2426


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VII. AFTERMATH OF NEW YoRK RATIFICATION
and in four newspapers outside New York by 1 September: N.H. (1), Mass. (1), R.I. (1),
Pa. (1).
Philadelphia, Pa.
Pennsylvania Gazette, 30 July 17881
The adoption of THE NEW FEDERAL CONSTITUTION by the convention
of NEW-YORK, being the eleventh state, is a matter of the most tran-
scendent joy, and honorable in the highest degree to the Majority of
that house. Part of that majority must have the greatest abilities to
convince objectors so strenuous, and part of them must possess the
most uncommon share of candor and patriotism, to listen with so much
moderation to the arguments of federalism and their country.
On the joyous news of the adoption of the new Constitution by the
convention of our neighbour and sister NEW-YORK, the merits of the
friends to the government in that honorable body, and the virtue of
those from the opposition who helped them to execute the good work
of ratification, were complimented with a glorious peal from Christ
Church bells.
1. Both paragraphs were reprinted in the New York Morning Post, 4 August; New York
Packet, 5 August; Hudson Weekly Gazette, 12 August; and in seven newspapers outside New
York by 16 August: N.H. (1), Mass. (1), Conn. (1), Pa. (2), Md. (1), S.C. (1). The first
paragraph only was reprinted five times by 20 August: R.I. (1), Pa. (1), Va. (2), S.C. (1).
The Baltimore Maryland Gazette, 5 August, and Northampton, Mass., Hampshire Gazette, 27
August, reprinted only the second paragraph.
New York Packet, 12 August 17881
Extract of a letter from Philadelphia, dated 2d inst.
"The New-York ratification of the Constitution, has indeed produced
some noise from the bells here, but not a man have I heard speak of
it, who does not grieve at heart, that they adopted it so soon-they
were in hopes that they would have delayed the matter till Congress
had passed the vote to remove to Philadelphia, which I hope they may
not."2
1. Reprinted: Albany Journal, 18 August; Country journal, 19 August; Springfield, Mass.,
Hampshire Chronicle, 20 August.
2. See "Confederation Congress Makes Provision to Put the New Government Under
the Constitution into Operation," 2 July-13 September (RCS:N.Y., 1250-53).
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