26. Massachusett Centinel, 13 October 17871

The antifederalists in the Pennsylvania Legislature (whose number, God be praised, is small) as their most plausible reason (alias cavil,) for opposing the new Constitution, say, that “the convention were not unanimous with respect to men, though they were as states, several of those who have signed did not fully approve of the plan of government, and three of the members, viz. Governour Randolph and Col. George Mason of Virginia, and Elbridge Gerry, Esq. of Massachusetts, whose characters are very respectable, had such strong objections as to refuse signing.”

1. Reprinted: New Hampshire Spy, 16 October.