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title:“Luther Martin to the Printer”
authors:Henry Knox, Luther Martin
date written:1788-1-19

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Knox, Henry and Luther Martin. "Letter to the Printer." The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution. Vol. 15. Ed. Gaspare J. Saladino and John P. Kaminski. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 1984. 417-18. Print.

Luther Martin to the Printer (January 19, 1788)

I return you many thanks for the register & also for the inclosed manuscript which I have copied & shall make use of. Our Assembly is now sitting & the federal constitution has been discussed before them for the sake of informing the country members. There appears a great majority for it.1 Indeed it seems to be a prevailing sentiment here that if Virginia & her neighbors should refuse it that we would confederate with New England.2 For my part I am fully of that sentiment I would much rather be united with Massachusetts, New Hampshire & Connecticut than with North Carolina, Virginia & Maryland. My first wish is union but if that cannot be my second is a confederation with the eastern & middle states. I trust it will be universally accepted. One thing is certain that I shall live under it if I live & if it ever operates.
I have some thoughts of visiting the Northern States next summer just before the publication of my history, but on this I am not decided.
Mrs. Ramsay joins me in presenting our most cordial regards to Mrs. Elliot & yourself.

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