936. Independent Chronicle, 18 September 17881

One scarcely knows whether the unparelled effrontery of the contemptible paragraphist of yesterday’s Centinel, on the subject of “amendments,” ought rather to excite our ridicule or resentment. The honour of the Convention who adopted the Constitution, of the good people represented by this highly honourable body, and of every delegate from the State, whether senatorial or popular, are all equally pledged to support the amendments submitted by his Excellency, and highly approved by the federal part of the Convention.

No matter what their private sentiments may be,—whether there are pernicious alterations or solid improvements; it is just the same. The faith of the community is plighted. THE MAJESTY OF THE PEOPLE will be injured by an attempt to prevent their adoption. Will his Excellency be silent? will the other gentlemen who advocated the proposition for “amendments” be quiet? Because, forsooth, the paltry scriblers of the Centinel disapprove. When every State, since the ratification of Massachusetts, have adopted the same plan, shall this State be the first to rescind its own resolution? Such a measure would indeed be an insult on The Majesty of the People, and will accordingly meet the contempt, redicule and detestation of the honest and impartial, and of all, indeed, but the few incendiaries who supply their trash to the Centinel, and call it THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE.

1. Reprinted: American Herald, 25 September; Philadelphia Independent Gazetteer, 26 September.