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title:“Newspaper Report 2 of Pennsylvania Convention Proceedings”
date written:1787-12-3

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"Newspaper Report 2 of Pennsylvania Convention Proceedings." 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. 458, 460-62. Print.

Newspaper Report 2 of Pennsylvania Convention Proceedings (December 3, 1787)

William Findley and Benjamin Rush: Dr. Rush having frequently alluded with disapprobation to the funding system, in a late debate [3 December] Mr. Findley observed that the Doctor was one of the committee of public creditors who had conferred with a committee of the General Assembly upon this measure, and was at that time active in promoting it. The Doctor, for fear any unfavorable impression should be made by that assertion, observed that he did not think the system would have extended so far.
Wilson: Mr. Wilson said, that the manner in which the opposition treated the proposed Constitution, taking it by piecemeal without considering the relative connection and dependence of its parts, reminded him of an anecdote which occurred when it was the practice in churches to detail a single line of Sternhold and Hopkins's Psalms, and then set the verse to music. A sailor entered a church when the clerk gave out the following line: "The Lord will come, and he will not." The sailor stared, but when he heard the next line: "Hold your peace, but speak aloud," he instantly left the congregation, convinced that it was an assembly of lunatics.
Findley: On Monday it was urged by Mr. Findley that Congress under the new system would have it in their power to lay an impost upon immigrants.

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