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title:“Theophilus Parson's Notes of the Massachusetts Ratification Convention”
authors:Theophilus Parsons
date written:1788-1-25

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Parsons, Theophilus. "Theophilus Parson's Notes of the Massachusetts Ratification Convention." 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. 1351-52. Print.

Theophilus Parson's Notes of the Massachusetts Ratification Convention (January 25, 1788)

thence (the) necessity of such a form of Govt as that now under Considera[tio]n & adducing sev[era]l arg[umen]ts & answers to objections in plain familiar Style (with) a number of natural Comparisons in a strain of natural Eloquence (that) was very pleasing & popular. the English claimed all our property and to do what they please—the lands will bear all the burdens—gentlemen now supporting this Constitution will be in government.
Col. SMITH, of Lanesborough. The two things farmers have to dread, are 1. Anarchy; 2. Tyranny. Anarchy leads to tyranny and while we are trying and trying for amendments, some tyrant will set up, and the people, to relieve themselves from anarchy (will obey him). Our security is that the common interest is our common defence.1
Mr PARSONS spoke on ambiguities.

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