THE CONSTITUTION IN PENNSYLVANIA, DELAWARE, AND NEW
JERSEY; AND IN GEORGIA.
FROM 18 SEPTEMBER 1787 то 2 JANUARY 1788.
OUR happy theme leads from one great act of universal interest to another. A new era in the life of the race begins : a people select their delegates to state conventions to pronounce their judgment on the creation of a federal republic.
One more great duty to his fellow-citizens and to mankind is to be fulfilled by Franklin; one more honor to be won by Philadelphia as the home of union; one new victory by Pennsylvania as the citadel of the love of the one indivisible country. That mighty border commonwealth, extending its line from Delaware bay to the Ohio, and holding convenient passes through the Alleghanies, would not abandon the South, nor the “West, nor the North; she would not hear of triple confederacies nor of twin confederacies; but only of one government embracing all. Its people in their multifarious congruity had nothing adverse to union; the faithful of the proprietary party were zealous for a true general government; so too was every man in public life of the people called Quakers;* so was an overwhelming majority of the Germans;† so were the Baptists, as indeed their synod authoritatively avowed for every state. The perfect liberty of conscience prevented religious differences from interfering with zeal for a closer union.
In the first period of the confederacy the inhabitants of Philadelphia did not extend their plans for its reform beyond the increase of its powers, but, after the flight of congress
* Independent Gazetteer, 15 January 1788.
† Independent Gazetteer.