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Ratification by the States | Volume VII: Massachusetts, No. 4 | Documents

V: The Massachusetts Convention (Continued): Commentaries: Public and Private, 3 January–4 March 1788
Dummer Sewall Journal, 3 January–12 February 1788William Heath Diary, Roxbury and Boston, 9 January–7 FebruaryJohn Quincy Adams Diary, Newburyport, 10 JanuaryWinthrop Sargent to Henry Knox, Boston, 12 JanuaryJeremy Belknap to Ebenezer Hazard, Boston, 13 JanuaryBenjamin Lincoln to George Washington, Boston, 13 JanuaryDwight Foster to Rebecca Foster, Boston, 16 JanuaryRufus King to James Madison, Boston, 16 JanuaryIsaac Backus to Susanna Backus, Boston, 17 JanuaryMassachusetts Gazette, 18 JanuaryJohn Forbes to John Quincy Adams, Boston, 19 JanuaryJeremy Belknap to Ebenezer Hazard, Boston, 20 JanuaryFrom Tristram Dalton, Boston, 20 JanuaryNathaniel Gorham to Henry Knox, Charlestown, 20 JanuaryHenry Jackson to Henry Knox, Boston, 20 JanuaryRufus King to Horatio Gates, Boston, 20 JanuaryRufus King to James Madison, Boston, 20 JanuaryRufus King to George Thatcher, Boston, 20 JanuaryBenjamin Lincoln to George Washington, Boston, 20 JanuaryWilliam Cranch to John Quincy Adams, Boston, 22, 27 JanuarySamuel Nasson to George Thatcher, Boston, 22 JanuaryHenry Jackson to Henry Knox, Boston, 23 JanuaryRufus King to James Madison, Boston, 23 JanuaryCumberland Gazette, 24 JanuaryJeremy Belknap to Ebenezer Hazard, Boston, 25–26 JanuaryMassachusetts Gazette, 25 JanuaryAn Auditor, Massachusetts Gazette, 25 JanuaryJoseph Crocker to George Thatcher, Boston, 26 JanuaryNathaniel Freeman, Jr., to John Quincy Adams, Medford, 27 JanuaryNathaniel Gorham to James Madison, Charlestown, 27 JanuaryRufus King to Henry Knox, Boston, 27 JanuaryRufus King to James Madison, Boston, 27 JanuaryBenjamin Lincoln to George Washington, Boston, 27 JanuaryNew York Journal, 28 JanuaryGeorge Benson to Nicholas Brown, Boston, 29 JanuaryGeorge Benson to Nicholas Brown, Boston, 30 JanuaryTristram Dalton to Michael Hodge, Boston, 30 JanuaryNathaniel Gorham to Henry Knox, Boston, 30 JanuaryRufus King to James Madison, Boston, 30 JanuaryRufus King to George Thatcher, Boston, 30 JanuaryThomas Russell to John Langdon, Boston, 30 JanuaryNew York Independent Journal, 30 JanuaryTristram Dalton to Stephen Hooper, Boston, 31 JanuaryJonathan Sayward Diary, 31 JanuaryIndependent Chronicle, 31 JanuaryWorcester Magazine, 31 JanuaryIsaac Backus to Susanna Backus, Boston, 1 FebruaryJoseph Savage to George Thatcher, Springfield, 1 February§ Editors’ Note: John Hancock's Conciliatory Proposition, Massachusetts Centinel, 2 FebruaryJeremy Belknap to Ebenezer Hazard, Boston, 3 FebruaryGeorge Benson to Nicholas Brown, Boston, 3 FebruaryFrom Tristram Dalton, Boston, 3 FebruaryChristopher Gore to George Thatcher, Boston, 3 FebruaryNathaniel Gorham to Henry Knox, Charlestown, 3 FebruaryHenry Jackson to Henry Knox, Boston, 3 FebruaryRufus King to Henry Knox, Boston, 3 FebruaryRufus King to James Madison, Boston, 3 FebruaryBenjamin Lincoln to George Washington, Boston, 3 FebruaryWinthrop Sargent to Henry Knox, Boston, 3 FebruaryJames Sullivan to John Langdon, Boston, 3 FebruaryHenry Van Schaack to Peter Van Schaack, Pittsfield, 4 FebruaryHenry Van Schaack to Theodore Sedgwick, Pittsfield, 4 FebruaryWilliam Pynchon Diary, Salem, 5 FebruaryBob Short, Massachusetts Gazette, 5 FebruaryNew York Packet, 5 FebruaryMassachusetts Centinel, 6 FebruaryTristram Dalton to John Langdon, Boston, 6 FebruaryHenry Jackson to Henry Knox, Boston, 6 FebruaryBenjamin Lincoln to George Washington, Boston, 6 FebruaryAnthony Paine to Henry Van Schaack, Worcester, 6 FebruaryWilliam Pynchon Diary, Salem, 6 FebruaryWinthrop Sargent to Henry Knox, Boston, 6 FebruaryJeremy Belknap to Ebenezer Hazard, Boston, 10 FebruaryHenry Jackson to Henry Knox, Boston, 10 FebruaryHenry Knox to Robert R. Livingston, New York, 10 FebruaryHenry Knox to George Washington, New York, 10 FebruaryJeremy Belknap to Benjamin Rush, Boston, 12 FebruaryNathaniel Barrell to George Thatcher, York, 20 FebruaryBossenger Foster, Jr., to Andrew Craigie, Boston, 24 FebruaryEphraim Ward to Enos Hitchcock, Brookfield, 2 MarchDavid Sewall to George Thatcher, Boston, 4 MarchReminiscences of the Massachusetts Convention
VI: The Aftermath of Ratification, 6 February–23 July 1788
VI–A. Reports of Ratification of the Constitution by the Massachusetts Convention, 6–20 FebruaryVI–B. Celebrations, 6 February–3 MarchVI–C. The Acquiescence of the Massachusetts Minority, 6 February–24 MayVI–D. Address of the Massachusetts Convention to the People of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 7 February–9 MayVI–E. The Reply of the Massachusetts General Court to the Speech of Governor John Hancock, 27 February–6 MayVI–F. Public and Private Commentaries on the Constitution 6 February–14 August
Public CommentariesPrivate CommentariesCaleb Gibbs to George Washington, Boston, 9 FebruaryBenjamin Lincoln to George Washington, Boston, 9 FebruaryHenry Van Schaack to Theodore Sedgwick, Pittsfield, 9 FebruaryWilliam Widgery to George Thatcher, Boston, 9 FebruaryJohn Quincy Adams Diary, Newburyport, 11 FebruaryDavid Sewall to George Thatcher, York, 11 FebruaryJohn Avery, Jr., to George Thatcher, Boston, 13 FebruaryHenry Jackson to Henry Knox, Boston, 13 FebruaryElbridge Gerry Acquiesces to Massachusetts Ratification, 13–28 FebruaryJeremiah Hill to George Thatcher, Biddeford, 14 FebruaryHenry Knox to George Washington, New York, 14 FebruarySilas Lee to George Thatcher, Biddeford, 14 FebruaryThomas B. Wait to George Thatcher, Portland, 14 FebruaryJames Madison to George Washington, New York, 15 FebruaryMassachusetts Gazette, 15 FebruaryJohn Quincy Adams to William Cranch, Newburyport, 16 FebruaryJohn Quincy Adams to Oliver Fiske, Newburyport, 17 FebruaryVictor DuPont to Pierre Samuel DuPont de Nemours, New York, 17 FebruarySamuel P. Savage to George Thatcher, Weston, 17 FebruaryIndependent Chronicle, 21 FebruaryHenry Jackson to Henry Knox, Boston, 24 FebruarySamuel Nasson to George Thatcher, Sanford, 26 FebruaryWilliam Vassall to John Lowell, Clapham Common, 26 FebruaryJohn Bacon to Elbridge Gerry, Stockbridge, 27 FebruaryNathaniel Barrell of York, Maine, and the Constitution, 27 February–10 MarchJeremiah Hill to George Thatcher, Biddeford, 28 FebruaryTristram Dalton to John Langdon, Newburyport, 29 FebruarySilas Lee to George Thatcher, Biddeford, 29 FebruaryThomas B. Wait to George Thatcher, Portland, 29 February§ Editors’ Note: A Columbian Patriot: Observations on the Constitution: Boston, FebruaryThe Massachusetts Reprinting of the Last Letter of John Adams's Defence of the Constitutions, 3–13 MarchPennsylvania Mercury, 8 MarchWilliam Widgery to George Thatcher, Boston, 16 MarchJonathan Moore to Elijah Brigham, Rochester, 17 MarchMassachusetts Centinel, 19 MarchSilas Lee to George Thatcher, Biddeford, 20 MarchA Hint, Providence United States Chronicle, 20 MarchSamuel Nasson to George Thatcher, Boston, 23 MarchNathaniel Gorham to Henry Knox, Boston, 25 MarchIndependent Chronicle, 3 April§ Editors’ Note: The State Elections, 7 April–29 MayConsider Arms, Malachi Maynard, and Samuel Field: Dissent to the Massachusetts Convention and Commentaries upon this Dissent, Hampshire Gazette, 9 April–4 JuneElbridge Gerry Responds to Maryland “Landholder” X, American Herald, 18 AprilMassachusetts Centinel, 7 MayNathan Dane to Samuel Adams, New York, 10 MayHampshire Gazette, 14 MayMassachusetts Centinel, 24 MayIndependent Chronicle, 12 JuneMassachusetts Centinel, 14 JuneAn Antifederalist, Massachusetts Centinel, 18 JuneNew York Journal, 26 June§ Editors’ Note: A Native of Boston: Thoughts Upon the Political Situation of the United States, Worcester, 14 August
Commentaries on John Hancock's Amendments