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Kaminski, John P.; Schoenleber, Charles H.; Saladino, Gaspare J.; Leffler, Richard; Reid, Jonathan M.; Flamingo, Margaret R.; Lannér-Cusin, Johanna E.; Fields, David P.; Conley, Patrick T.; Moore, Timothy D. (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Rhode Island (3)
26 (2013)

VI. The debate over the Constitution in Rhode Island, 20 January-29 May 1790,   pp. 711-897

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consequence of the request of the Legislature of this State, and their
declaration that there was every reason to hope that this State would
in a short time accede to the Federal Government:' and that it is of
the utmost importance that members from this State should go forward
as soon as possible, as reports of a most interesting nature are under
the consideration of Congress, and will probably be decided upon this
session, which it is expected may be protracted until May or June next,
which will give this State an opportunity of being represented in Con-
Our Correspondent hopes that his fellow-citizens will not by slighting
the repeated indulgence of Congress, provoke the resentment of the
United States; but at the approaching Town-meetings2 make such pro-
vision as that the New Government may be immediately embraced: And
he further hopes, that this State may be represented in Congress, and
assist with its councils in matters now on the carpet which are highly
interesting to this State, and which will probably be decided upon this
1. See Governor John Collins to President George Washington, 18 January (RCS:R.I.,
2. The town meetings scheduled to meet on 8 February were to elect delegates to the
state Convention called to consider the Constitution (RCS:R.I., 684-705).
Providence Gazette, 6 February 17901
Extract of a Letter from a Gentleman in New-York to
his Friend in this Town, dated January 30.
"I congratulate you very sincerely on your Prospect of a Return to
the Path of Honour, and the Road to Happiness-to a Participation of
the Blessings which we enjoy under the New Constitution of the States.
"A curious Anecdote is circulated here, that a Parson in your Senate2
was violently opposed to a Convention, and prevented the Passing of
the Act for calling one: That the Governor proposed deferring the
Business till next Day (Sunday) which was agreed to: That the Parson,
being obliged to attend to the Cure of Souls, was under a Necessity of
banishing worldly Cares on that Day; and that his Absence occasioned
an equal Division of the Senate, which furnished the Governor with an
Opportunity of doing a popular Act, and turning the Scale in Favour
of a Convention."
1. The entire extract was reprinted six times by 25 March: N.H. (1), Mass. (1), Conn.
(1), N.Y (2), Pa. (1). The Pennsylvania Gazette, 24 February, reprinted only the first par-
2. John Williams. See Newport Herald, 21 January, note 4 (RCS:R.I., 671).

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