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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)

VIII. The Rhode Island Convention second session, 24-29 May 1790,   pp. 984-1012

Page 993

TowN MEETINGS, 29 MAY 1790
And also for taking into further Consideration the Instructions which
were given by this Town to their Delegates in said State Convention
held at South Kingston-& which were afterwards ratify'd & confirmed
and again directed to be considered by their Delegates as the Senti-
ments of the Town with regard to the Line of Conduct which ought to
be pursued when at the Meeting or the Adjournment of said Conven-
tion to be held at Newport.4
It was voted and resolved-That it is the Opinion of this Town, that
it will be for the Benefit & Interest of the Freemen thereof, as well as
of the good People of this State in general, that the said New Consti-
tution proposed as aforesaid-should be adopted & ratify'd & in the
Manner recommended by Congress. And that any Delay in ratifying &
acceeding to the same either by an adjournment or Rejection thereof-
will in its Consequences be very injurious to this State & particularly
so to the Interests of the Town of Portsmouth.-
Voted and resolved That the Instructions given by this Town to their
Delegates as aforesaid were then and We now consider & declare them
to be the Sentiments of a Majority of the Freemen assembled at this
Town Meeting and they are hereby once more confirmed & recom-
mended strongly to their Delegates-expressly with the Design that
they may Influence & regulate their Conduct in the Weighty & mo-
mentuous Question now before them in Convention-so that after their
Declarations they may not have to say5-that it was done innocently6
or for want of better Information on the Subject should they vote for
or occasion any longer Delay of an Adoption by the Part which they
may take therein-But should they obstinately persist in Measures op-
posed to the declared & repeated Sentiments of the Town-then the
good People thereof do & will hold themselves clear of the evil Con-
sequences & Destruction which must ensue to the State at large on
Such D[e]lay or Rejection-by having thus acted their Part as far as in
them lays to advert & prevent those Evils-which a stopage of Trade
& an Intercourse with our Sister States must occasion & which un-
doubtedly will take place should this State withdraw from the general
Union by not acceeding at this present Sitting of the Convention to
the New Constitution proposed for their Consideration & Decission
We therefore now order & direct (as far as in us lays) -that the
Delegates for this Town do for us & in the Name of the Town of Ports-
mouth ratify & acceed to, in the present Meeting of the Convention
the aforesaid Constitution & that they do not agree to any other or
further adjournment but bring the Decission thereon to as speedy a
Conclusion as possible.-

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