940. Solon
Independent Chronicle, 25 September 17881

Mess’rs. ADAMS & NOURSE, When the very respectable Convention of this Commonwealth, adopted the federal Constitution, their wisdom and fore-sight were truly conspicuous, and highly praise-worthy, in declaring that it was “The opinion of this Convention, that certain amendments and alterations in the said Constitution, would remove the fears, and quiet the apprehensions of many of the good people of this Commonwealth, and more effectually guard against an undue administration of the federal government, the Convention do therefore recommend, that the following alterations and provisions, be introduced into the said Constitution.” Nine propositions then follow. And an injunction on the Representatives of the people to endeavour to obtain a ratification of them. The wisdom and sound policy of this measure, produced a happy conciliatory disposition in the minds of the members of the Convention, and among the people at large, who could not but anticipate every reasonable advantage, to result from a wise and energetic government, which by the proposed amendments, would in no part or degree, be marred in its beauty or excellence, and at the same time, be properly restricted, from encroaching on the rights and liberties of the people, which have been rendered more dear and invaluable, in their estimation than ever, by the late almost unparalleled exertions, to rescue and secure them. It is therefore, NOW, for the good people of this Commonwealth, as far as their weight in the great political scale extends, to determine for themselves, and eventually for posterity, whether the salutary intentions, of their late respectable Convention, and those of several other States, shall be carried into effect, by adopting, and pursuing those measures which tend to insure it; or permit them to be frustrated, by listening to men who are decidedly opposed to any amendments in the federal Constitution, and who view with abhorrence, any instructions or injunctions of the people for obtaining the important object. Would not the latter, again awaken those fears and apprehensions, which the Convention endeavoured to soothe, and leave open that door, to the undue administration of the federal government, at some future time, which they supposed possible; and against which they conceived, as the delegates of the people, it was their duty to GUARD.

While therefore, the people rationally, and with good grounds, anticipate, under the new government, the increase of their agriculture, manufactures, and commerce, it is indispensable, that they guard well the portals of their rights and liberties; for what assurance can they have of the uninterrupted enjoyment of them, if they do not, in the ONLY proper time, take the necessary precautions, for their security and permanence.

1. Reprinted: Cumberland Gazette, 9 October.