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New York Ratifying Convention. Circular Letter to the Governors of the Several States, 26 July 1788

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.

1The 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.

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