116. Massachusetts Centinel, 5 January 17881

Pennsylvania Convention, consisted of 69—Delaware of 22—and New-Jersey of 39 members—total 130, of which only 23 were in any wise opposed to the adoption of the AMERICAN CONSTITUTION—Perhaps a greater instance of unanimity, on so great an occasion, the world never witnessed.

The Convention of New-Jersey was composed of accomplished civilians, able judges, experienced generals, and honest farmers. The groundwork of their proceedings is shewn in the following—may our Convention copy it—viz. “Resolved, That the Federal Constitution be read by sections, and upon each section’s being read every Member do make his observations on the same, if any he hath to make, and that after debating on such section, the question be taken, whether any further debate be thereon had, and if the said question be determined in the negative, that the Convention do then proceed in like manner to the next section, until the whole be gone through; upon which the general question shall be taken, Whether this Convention, in the name and in behalf of the people of this State, do ratify and confirm the said Constitution.[”]

1. Reprinted (first paragraph only): Salem Mercury, 8 January; Hampshire Chronicle, 15 January.