982. Elbridge Gerry to John Wendell
New York, 4 July 17901

The uneasiness of the people arises more from a disappointment of the immediate benefits they were promised from the operation of the new Constitution, than from other causes, I always predicted discontent from this cause, for when the proper line of policy was to prepare the people at the time they were ratifying the Constitution, for a patient submission to the Administration thereof until the good effects could be attained, they were elated with promises that as soon as the government could be put in motion commerce, manufactures & agriculture would flourish, the value of lands would be enhanced, the public debts would be funded, money would be plenty, &c &c &c & their inevitable disappointment produces uneasiness.

1. Printed: Stan V. Henkels Catalogue No. 731 (1894), 16.