New York Ratifying Convention. Circular Letter to the Governors of the Several States1
Poughkeepsie, New York, July 26, 1788. “We the members of the Convention of this State, have deliberately & maturely considered the Constitution proposed for the united States. Several articles in it appear so exceptionable [to a majority of us], that nothing but the fullest confidence of obtaining a Revision of them by a general convention, and an invincible Reluctance to separating from our Sister States could have prevailed upon [a sufficient number] to ratify it [without stipulating for previous amendments]. We all unite in opinion that such a Revision will be necessary to recommend it to the approbation and Support of a numorous Body of our constituents.…”
DF, in writing of John Jay with interlineations in the writing of H and of an unidentified writer, John McKesson MS Notes, New-York Historical Society, New York City.
1. The New York Ratifying Convention, having approved the Constitution, sent a circular letter to the governors of the states recommending that a general convention be called to consider amendments to the Constitution. The draft of the first paragraph contains interlineations by H. These interlineations are indicated by brackets.