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title:“Robert Yates' Notes of the New York Ratification Convention Debates”
authors:Robert Yates
date written:1788-6-28

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Yates, Robert. "Robert Yates' Notes of the New York Ratification Convention Debates." The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution. Vol. 22. Ed. John P. Kaminski. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2008. 1976-77. Print.
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Robert Yates' Notes of the New York Ratification Convention Debates (June 28, 1788)

HAMILTON. Mr Hamilton in Continuation. Refers to several Acts of our Legislature, and Resolutions. Page 4. Ext[ract] 7th. Sepr. 1780. Govr. Speach. weakness of Requisitions—ought to be more effectual. Senates answer, approving of his speach. 10 Octr. 1780 Resolutions of the 2 Houses—to vest Congress during the war with more ample powers Page 34. Instructions to the Comiss. at Hartford in Conformity D[itt]o. 39. 5th. Feby. 1781. Resolutions of 2 Houses. The Letter referred to read from Rivington's News Papers.2 Stating the distresses of our State and to be releived agt. a farther requisition. Evil consists in the defects of the union 9th. march 1781. A message from his Exy. Union compleated 19 March 1780 [i.e., 29 March 1781] Page 92. Legislature approve of the Proceedings of the Cony: at Hartford. Page 32. Nov. 21st. 1781 Message or Resolutn. of the Legislature Refers to their approbation of the impost. Page 89. 90—July 20th. 1782. defective the plan of the genl. Governmt.
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HAMILTON. The production of those Papers were to shew—The necessity of greater Powers in congress. As Requisitions of Congress were [inefficient?]. Old System opposed—what the Principles of the opposition to the new. What is Supreme—It cannot be contrould by any other [- - - ]. So are the laws of the State Legsr. to certain extent.
Power not granted—rests in the Particular State. because the state G. has already been granted—The New Govermt. therefore cannot assume more than what is granted. Poll Tax may be necessary—he does not like it—yet the Eastern states have it—Netherlands once gave the 20 part of their Property Said by some, it is impossible for the G[eneral] G[overnment] to Lay a general Tax—Then it will not be exercised. Propositions now before the Comittee—ill consequences of requisitions. State unable must be excused—This State [a peculiarity?]—we will be a contributing State. Connecticut will become a manufacturing State—Pay less on [impost?] than N. Y.

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