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New York Ratifying Convention. Second Speech of July 22, [22 July 1788]

New York Ratifying Convention. Second Speech of July 22

[Poughkeepsie, New York, July 22, 1788]

Ham[ilton]—among other reasons ag[ains]t it—1 mentions the probability of having the appointments better thro[ugh] the states, as the senators represent all the states—2

Gilbert Livingston Papers, MS Division, New York Public Library.

1H was opposing an amendment which provided “That the Congress appoint in such manner as they may think proper a Council to advise the President in the Appointment of Officers” (John McKesson Papers, New-York Historical Society, New York City).

2After H’s remarks, the Convention rejected the proposed amendment by a vote of 46 to 10 (Gilbert Livingston MS Notes, MS Division, New York Public Library).

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