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 Ratification of the Constitution Indexes | Index to Volumes 4–7: Ratification of the Constitution by the States: Massachusetts | A |  Amendments to Constitution

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Nathaniel Gorham to Henry Knox, Charlestown, 3 February [Ratification by the States 7:1570]+

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– absolutely necessary for adoption [1 reference]

– acquiescing minority hopes for amendments in first federal congress [1 reference]

– John Adams favors after ratification [1 reference]

– adopt some if necessary [1 reference]

– argument that people oppose [1 reference]

– attempt to undo Mass. ratification and amend Constitution [1 reference]

– Backus says Constitution will be ratified with a recommendation of some [1 reference]

– Belchertown proposes in its instructions [1 reference]

– Bristol votes to accept Constitution with [1 reference]

– can be obtained after Constitution is ratified, 28, 62, 212, 213, 584, 777, 778, 790, 801, 815, 816n [2 references]

– cannot be obtained before ratification of Constitution [1 reference]

– conditional are equal to a total rejection of Constitution [3 references]

– Constitution can be adopted with conditional amendments [1 reference]

– Constitution should not be adopted without them [2 references]

– Constitutional Convention should have adjourned to a later date to consider [1 reference]

– could easily be obtained from a second general convention [1 reference]

– criticism of argument that they cannot be added to Constitution [1 reference]

– criticism that neither Congress nor state legislatures can comment, on Constitution [1 reference]

– defects in Constitution will be corrected by amendments [1 reference]

– defense of Constitution should not be argued from presumption that they will be adopted [1 reference]

– disagreement over how to achieve [1 reference]

– easier to amend the Articles of Confederation [1 reference]

– example of Mass. will help obtain [2 references]

– favored by North Yarmouth, New Gloucester, and Hallowell [2 references]

– Federalists say it will be easy, which it should not be [1 reference]

– Federalists should compromise with supporters of [1 reference]

– first federal Congress will propose necessary [1 reference]

– Hampden proposes [3 references]

– honest and substantial part of community want [1 reference]

– influence of Mass. will result in adoption of [1 reference]

– instructions given by Harpswell to ratify Constitution with [1 reference]

– on jury trials [3 references]

– King says possible scenario is to adopt Constitution with recommendation for future [1 reference]

– as last resort to remedy faults of Constitution [1 reference]

– Richard Henry Lee proposes [4 references]

– limiting appellate jurisdiction of U.S. courts [4 references]

– list of fourteen proposed by Agrippa [1 reference]

– and a possible Mass. rejection of Constitution [1 reference]

– Mass. could take lead in proposing alternative to blanket ratification [1 reference]

– Mass. General Court will correct any irregularities of Convention concerning [1 reference]

– Mass.’ influence could accomplish [1 reference]

– Mass. legislature did not provide for proposal of by state convention [1 reference]

– more dangerous if it is not ratified than to trust to subsequent amendments [1 reference]

– need for [27 references]

– needed for Mass. to ratify [1 reference]

– needed to restrain men who might produce wicked and corrupt government under Constitution [1 reference]

– new Congress should propose [1 reference]

– New Gloucester votes to not accept Constitution without [1 reference]

– Newcastle instructs its delegate to join in writing Congress about objections to Constitution [1 reference]

– N.H. Convention recommends [1 reference]

– not practical to [1 reference]

– objection to procedure for obtaining [1 reference]

– opposition to [9 references]

– other states that had already ratified would not accept amendments [1 reference]

– William Paca proposes in Maryland Convention [1 reference]

– Pennsylvania wants [1 reference]

– praise of [1 reference]

– praise of method for provided in Constitution [16 references]

– prevailing opinion in Mass. favors [1 reference]

– procedure for [5 references]

– procedure in Fifth Article of Constitution should be used rather than rejecting [1 reference]

– prohibited by oath requirement to support Constitution [1 reference]

– promise of needed for Constitution to be ratified [2 references]

– prudent amendments will bring happiness [1 reference]

– Edmund Randolph would accept Constitution without [2 references]

– ratification of Constitution should not be conditional on approval of [1 reference]

– reasons for [1 reference]

– refusal to accept before ratification [1 reference]

– reject idea that Constitution can be amended later [1 reference]

– restriction on Congress power over concerning slave trade [1 reference]

– rumored in Mass. Convention which is equivalent of a rejection [1 reference]

– second Constitutional Convention to consider [2 references]

– Shirley instructs Convention delegate to support [1 reference]

– should be adopted before ratification of Constitution [15 references]

– should be considered by state conventions [3 references]

– should be passed if needed [1 reference]

– should be proposed and discussed [1 reference]

– should not be adopted during ratification process [1 reference]

– should not be adopted previous to implementation of Constitution [1 reference]

– should not be easily obtained [1 reference]

– similar ones wanted throughout country [1 reference]

– small majority in Mass. Convention will convince Congress of need for [1 reference]

– some Mass. towns instruct delegates to vote for Constitution with amendments [1 reference]

– state conventions can propose [1 reference]

– state conventions cannot propose [2 references]

– still needs in order to provide liberty [1 reference]

– “true Federalists” will work for by new government [1 reference]

– unanimous agreement Constitution is defective but incapable of alteration [1 reference]

– Virginia wants [1 reference]

– Virginia will probably propose if Mass. rejects Constitution [1 reference]

– Robert Whitehall’s proposed amendments printed in Mass. [1 reference]

– will be adopted if Congress abuses its powers [1 reference]

– will be made after a few years experience [1 reference]

– will mar Constitution [2 references]

– will not be easy to obtain [20 references]

– will not succeed before Constitution is tried [1 reference]

– will perfect system [1 reference]

– Worcester County delegates urge constituents to await amendments from first federal Congress [1 reference]

– would be more difficult if Mass. was not represented in first Congress [1 reference]

– and Mass. Convention [22 subentries]

See Also

See also Antifederalists

See also Bill of rights

See also Civil liberties

See also Convention, second constitutional