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title:“Anthony Wayne's Notes of the Pennsylvania Ratification Convention”
date written:1787-11-27

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"Anthony Wayne's Notes of the Pennsylvania Ratification Convention." The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution. Vol. 2. Ed. Gaspare J. Saladino and John P. Kaminski. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 1976. 375-80. Print.

Anthony Wayne's Notes of the Pennsylvania Ratification Convention (November 27, 1787)

Wilson: On the question of entering the reasons on the Journals, 5000 copies already voted, they may be swelled into very large volumes at the expense of the state.
Smilie: It is impossible to take a vote but on the general question to be deprived of giving reasons for our votes. When party subside our liberties are in danger. The reasons produce a change In the opinion of the people.
Wayne: The gentlemen are not at a loss for the means of giving their reasons. Vide the 16 seceding members of the Assembly.
McKean: No two governments exactly alike althou these monarchies, aristrocracies, and democracies and despotisms—China, Sweden and Denmark.
The 13 United States all from the same source but differ in their constitutions; so too in religion; the Christians are subdivided into a variety of sects and differ in their modes. If mankind differ in religious matters, can it be expected that they will agree in opinion with respect to constitutions?

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