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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-D. New York recommends the calling of a second constitutional convention,   pp. 2501-2530


Page 2529

VII-D. N.Y. CALLS FOR A SECOND CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION          2529
The People of the State of New York having ratified the Constitution
agreed to on the seventeenth Day of September, in the year of our
Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven, by the Convention
then Assembled at Philadelphia in the State of Pennsylvania, as ex-
plained by the said Ratification in the fullest Confidence of obtaining
a Revision of the said Constitution, by a general Convention; and in
Confidence that certain powers in and by the said Constitution granted
would not be exercised, until a Convention should have been called
and Convened for proposing Amendments to the said Constitution. In
Compliance therefore, with the Unanimous sense of the Convention
of this State, who all united in Opinion, that such a Revision was nec-
essary to recommend the said Constitution to the Approbation and
support of a numerous Body of their Constituents; and a Majority of
the Members of which conceived several Articles of the Constitution so
exceptionable that nothing but such Confidence and an invincible Re-
luctance to Separate from our Sister States could have prevailed upon
a sufficient number to Assent to it, without stipulating for previous
Amendments: And from a Conviction that the Apprehensions and Dis-
contents which those Articles occasion cannot be removed or allayed,
unless an Act to revise the said Constitution, be among the first that
shall be passed by the new Congress: We the Legislature of the State
of New York, do in behalf of our Constituents in the most earnest and
Solemn manner make this Application to the Congress, that a Conven-
tion of Deputies from the several States, be called as early as possible,
with full powers to take the said Constitution into their Consideration,
and to propose such Amendments thereto, as they shall find best cal-
culated to promote our common Interests, and secure to ourselves and
our latest Posterity, the great and unalienable Rights of Mankind.
By order of the Assembly
John Lansing Junr. Speaker
In Senate February 7th 1789
By Order of the Senate
Pierre Van Cortlandt Presdt.
1. DS, Executive Communications, Virginia State Library. Docketed: "Letters from the
Governors/of/Pensylvania-/New York &/Massachusetts respects/Amendments to fed-
eral Constitution/N.8/Octo 1789." Other manuscript copies are in the New-York His-
torical Society, New York Public Library (Emmet Collection), and South Carolina De-
partment of Archives. The resolution was printed in the Journal of the Assembly of the State
of New-York, At Their Twelfth Session, Begun and Holden at the City of Albany, the Eleventh Day
of December 1788 (Albany, 1789) (Evans 22008), 106. Newspaper printings and reprintings
included the Daily Advertiser, 12 February, New York Packet, 13 February, New York Morning
Post, 13 and 21 February, New York Daily Gazette, 13 and 20 February, New York Weekly
Museum, 14 February, Lansingburgh Federal Herald, 16 February (short excerpt), New York


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