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title:“New York's Application for a Second Convention”
date written:1789-5-6

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"New York's Application for a Second Convention." Creating the Bill of Rights. Ed. Kenneth R. Bowling and Helen E. Veit. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991. 237-38. Print.

New York's Application for a Second Convention (May 6, 1789)

In ASSEMBLY, 5 February 1789
RESOLVED, If the honorable the Senate concur therein, that an application be made to the Congress of the United States of America, in thename and behalf of the Legislature of this State, in the words following, to wit: The people of the state of New-York having ratified the Constitution agreed to on the seventeenth day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven, by the Convention then assembled at Philadelphia, in the state of Pennsylvania, as explained by the said ratification, in the fullest confidence of obtaining a revision of the said Constitution by a general Convention; and in confidence, that certain powers in and by the said Constitution granted, would not be exercised, until a convention should have been called and convened for proposing amendments to the said Constitution. In compliance therefore, with the unanimous sense of the Convention of this State, who all united in opinion, that such a revision was necessary to recommend the said Constitution to the approbation and support of a numerous body of their constituents; and a majority of the members of which conceived several articles1 of the Constitution so exceptionable, that nothing but such confidence, and an invincible reluctance to separate from our sister States, could have prevailed upon a sufficient number to assent to it, without stipulating for previous amendments: And from a conviction that the apprehensions and discontents which those articles occasion, cannot be removed or allayed, unless an act to revise the said Constitution, be among the first that shall be passed by the new Congress, We, the Legislature of the state of New-York, do in behalf of our constituents, in the most earnest and solemn manner, make this application to the Congress, that a Convention of Deputies from the several States be called as early as possible, with full powers to take the said Constitution into their consideration, and to propose such amendments thereto, as they shall find best calculated to promote our common interests, and secure to ourselves and our latest posterity the great and unalienable rights of mankind.
By order of the Assembly JOHN LANSING, Junior, Speaker In SENATE, February 7, 1789
By order of the SENATE, PIERRE VAN CORTLANDT, President
The application was presented to the House of Representatives by Rep. John Laurance on 6 May

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