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title:“Newspaper Report of the Massachusetts Ratification Convention”
date written:1788-1-19

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"Newspaper Report of the Massachusetts Ratification Convention." New York Morning Post 1788-01-19 : . Rpt. in The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution. Vol. 6. Ed. Gaspare J. Saladino and John P. Kaminski. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2000. 1264-65. Print.

Newspaper Report of the Massachusetts Ratification Convention (January 19, 1788)

Dr. Taylor. Mr King's object is to show that the election of senators is not sexennial, and that the States have a greater check now than in the old Confederation. But they are always chosen for six years, and the check under the new Constitution is not so great—1they are chosen annually—a rotation—and are liable to be recalled.
Mr. COOLEY. Experience teaches us that rulers should be under restraint. Congress have great powers—sometimes a majority of a quorum is required—sometimes two-thirds present, as in treaties.2
Gen. BROOKS, of Lincoln, denies the fact.
Mr. REED moves Mr Gerry may be asked about the matter. Then Mr. Gerry said he was putting in writing state of facts upon this matter.
Adjourned. constitution a Papish or an Infidelist are as eligible as they:—It has been said, that men have not degenerated—I do not think that men are better now than when men after God's own heart did wickedly: I mean David and Solomon that we read about in the Bible on a Sabba[th]-Day between Meetings."

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