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Jensen, Merrill (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Delaware, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut
3 (1978)

V. Commentaries on the Constitution, 13 November 1787-7 January 1788,   pp. 456-534


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V. COMMENTARIES
Wronghead [James Wadsworth] and [Stephen Mix] Mitchel and to
all others supposed to be against the Constitution. You will wonder
to hear Mitchell named. You may remember he was against the [Con-
stitutional] Convention-but he is right now, as far as his popular itch
will let him be. He will vote right.3 Notwithstanding all the volumes
sent in here from New York and circulated with industry, we shall
have a large majority.4 Did you think to ask [Samuel] Ozgood5 the
question I desired? What are his politics-who writes Publius6-will
it be printed in a pamphlet? If it is, tell Nat Shaler7 to send me soon
two dozen of them. I have a sprained wrist what prevents my writing
but with great pain.
1. RC, King Papers, NHi.
2. For the pamphlet Letters from a Federal Farmer, see CC:242. For an attack
on the pamphlet and on Richard Henry Lee as its author, see "New England," 24
December (V below).
3. For Mitchell's views on the Constitutional Convention, see Mitchell to William
Samuel Johnson, 18 September, I above.
4. On 12 December, Wadsworth had written to Henry Knox that "our Antifed-
erals are busy but will be distanced-tho aided by your devils in New York and
Pennsylvania from whence their daily news, pamphlets, and newspapers full of
wrath, slander, and evil speaking" (RC, Knox Papers, MHi).
5. Osgood was a member of the Confederation Board of Treasury. He had mis-
givings about the Constitution (Osgood to Samuel Adams, 5 January 1788, CC:417).
6. For "The Federalist Papers," see CC:201.
7. Shaler, a partner in the New York mercantile firm of Shaler and Sebor, had
formerly lived in Middletown.
A Landholder VII
Connecticut Courant, 17 December1
To the Landholders and Farmers.
I have often admired the spirit of candor, liberality, and justice
with which the Convention began and completed the important object
of their mission. "In all our deliberations on this subject," say they,
"we kept steadily in our view, that which appears to us the greatest in-
terest of every true American, the consolidation of our union, in which
is involved our prosperity, felicity, safety, perhaps our national exist-
ence. This important consideration, seriously and deeply impressed on
our minds, led each state in the Convention to be less rigid on points
of inferior magnitude, than might otherwise have been expected; and
thus the Constitution which we now present is the result of a spirit of
amity, and of that mutual deference and concession, which the pecu-
liarity of our political situation rendered indispensable."2
Let us, my fellow citizens, take up this Constitution with the same
spirit of candor and liberality; consider it in all its parts; consider the
important advantages which may be derived from it and the fatal con-
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