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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-B. Public and private commentaries on the Constitution, 25 July 1788-23 February 1789,   pp. 2426-2498

Page 2427

(2) the publication of the Convention Debates by Francis Childs and the
Antifederalist charges of bias against him. Other significant documents
are the Antifederalist society's lengthy proceedings relating to the call-
ing of a second constitutional convention to consider amendments and
an exchange of letters about New York in August and September 1788
among Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, James Madi-
son, and George Washington. A substantial Antifederalist newspaper
commentary on the Constitution by "Sidney" (Abraham Yates, Jr.) ap-
peared on 4 December 1788.
Peter Silvester to Francis Silvester
Kinderhook, 25-28 July 1788 (excerpt)'
... we have not heard any thing this week material from the Con-
vention at Poughkeepsie-since writing the aforegoing I can with plea-
sure inform you that on saturday last [26 July] about one o'Clock by
[the?] Stage we received the agreeable Account of the Adoption of the
constitution by a majority of three of our State Convention this notice
was preceeded by a Report of Cannon at Hudson which Anticipated
the tidings in a Conjectural way there were but few that heard those
cannon roring and as it Thundered at the time we would not venture
to conclude that it was Cannon & if it was we did not like to be too
positive for fear it might be for some other cause & thereby be disap-
pointed but we were Soon relieved from the Suspense by the Arrival
of the Stage-there was soon made a procession thru the Town in
Miniature-A Federal Ship &c. & Tolerably well done for so Short
notice & sudden exertion & our Country situation all done decently &
in good order without exultation or giving or intending to give any
offence-the bearer of this our neighbour & friend Mr. Moore will tell
you all about it-I hope in Good [i.e., God] that this adoption will
satisfy the inhabitants of the State & prevent any disorders or Confusion
& that we may yet live in union like a band of brethren of one family
in Fellowship and Harmony like good Citizens supporting & preserving
one common Interest upon the principles of rectitude.... I am with
every Parental regard Your loving father
1. RC, Silvester Family Papers, NHi. The letter is dated at the beginning 25 July and
at the end 28 July. Peter Silvester (1734-1808), a Kinderhook lawyer, represented Albany
County in the First and Second Provincial congresses, 1775-76, and Columbia County in
the state Assembly, 1788, 1803, 1804-6. In the state Senate, Silvester represented the
Eastern District, 1796-97, and the Middle District, 1798-1800. He served in the U.S.
House of Representatives, 1789-93.

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