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title:“NY Ratification Convention Debates (July 2, 1788) - New York Journal”
date written:1788-7-10

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"NY Ratification Convention Debates (July 2, 1788) - New York Journal." The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution. Vol. 22. Ed. John P. Kaminski. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2008. 2081. Print.
New York Journal, 10 July 1788

NY Ratification Convention Debates (July 2, 1788) - New York Journal (July 10, 1788)

Extract of a letter from Poughkeepsie, July 5.
"The chancellor has had a second drubbing from G. Livingston, M. Smith, and Mr. Williams. In reply to the first the chancellor very elegantly observed, that he was particularly surprised, and confounded, at the attack of his honorable kinsman over the way, who, regardless of their ties of blood—of their common ancestry—and of their common name—had joined the throng in pointing their daggers at his breast; and he could not help exclaiming, with Cæsar, 'and thou too, my Brutus.'
"Mr. Mayor of New-York preceded the Chancellor on the occasion, which drew forth the reply of the three gentlemen above mentioned; he, in an harangue of two hours and an half, which consisted chiefly of declarations of his intended brevity of exordium and peroration, raised into view the devastations of the late war. Mr. M. Smith, in his reply to the Chancellor, observed, that his colleagues, Mr. L. and Mr. W. had taken the subject in too serious a light. The honorable gentleman from New-York (meaning the Mayor) had favored the committee with a direful tragedy, and that the honorable gentleman (the Chancellor) had very properly, after the committee had been fatigued, and become gloomy, entertained them with a farce, well calculated to amuse the ladies (a number of whom were attending.) Mr. Williams remarked, that for him to meet the gentleman (the Chancellor) on the ground of ridicule, would be like Don Quixot's attack on the windmill, supposing it to be a hero: he also took notice, that the gentleman had declared, that the whole committee had been convinced, by Mr. Hamilton's reasoning, a day or two before; he could not conceive from whence the honorable gentleman derived this knowledge, unless he possessed the gift of second sight.
"Yesterday was celebrated by the Convention, and the military gentlemen of the vicinity, the Anniversary of Independence, in which all parties united: there was a federal salute of 13 guns at 12 o'clock, and after dinner thirteen toasts were drank, accompanied with the discharge of as many guns, and the day passed off very well, and in pretty good humour."

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