749. Baltimore Maryland Gazette, 19 February 1788

Extract of a letter from New-York, dated 11th inst.

“Accounts from Boston remove all doubts with respect to the fate of the government. Mr. Hancock, after a long confinement with the gout, made his appearance in Convention on Thursday the 31st. ult. assumed his seat as President, and declared himself in favour of adopting the proposed plan as it now stands; but that he should propose amendments to be introduced in the way pointed out by that Constitution after it takes place.—His amendments are 1st,—That all powers not expressly granted are retained. 2d,—That the New Government shall not levy direct taxes, unless the imposts are insufficient, &c. &c.—Last Tuesday was appointed for the final decision of the question, which we expect by Wednesday’s post.”