THE CONSTITUTION CRITICIZED, EXPLAINED AND ENDORSED
ONE REASON WHY FRANKLIN MAY HAVE ENVISIONED a rising sun was that he saw all but three ( Gerry, Mason and Randolph) of the thirty-nine delegates present sign the Constitution. If the document was not what any of the delegates wanted, at least it had the approval of an overwhelming majority of them. A few days later the Constitution was referred to the Congress.1 There the new instrument of government received a cooler reception. Richard Henry Lee, Nathan Dane of Massachusetts and Melancthon Smith of New York combined in opposition, with the result that the Congress merely passed the Constitution on to the states "in conformity to the resolves of the Convention," without conferring either blessings or encouragement.
The first reactions in the states were favorable. Randolph,____________________