Pamphlets on the Constitution of the United States 1787-1788
A collection of anti-federalist pamphlets written between 1787-88 by Elbridge Gerry, Noah Webster, John Jay, Melancthon Smith, Pelatiah Werster, Tench Coxe, James Wilson, John Dickinson, Alexander Contee Hanson, Edmund Randolph, Richard Henry Lee, George Mason, and David Ramsay. The essay attributed to Gerry was in fact written by Mercy Otis Warren. The table of contents:
- GERRY, ELBRIDGE. Observations on the New Constitution, and on the Federal and State Conventions. By a Columbian Patriot
- WEBSTER, NOAH. An Examination into the leading principles of the Federal Constitution By a Citizen of America
- JAY, JOHN. An Address to the People of the State of New York, on the subject of the Constitution. By a Citizen of New York.
- SMITH, MELANCTHON. Address to the People of the State of New York. By a Plebeian.
- WEBSTER, PELATIAH. The Weakness of Brutus exposed, or some remarks in vindication of the Constitution. By a Citizen of Philadelphia.
- COXE, TENCH. An Examination of the Constitution of the United States of America. By an American Citizen
- WILSON, JAMES. Speech on the Federal Constitution, delivered
- in Philadelphia.
- DICKINSON, JOHN. Letters of Fabius on the Federal Constitution.
- HANSON, ALEXANDER CONTEE. Remarks on the Proposed Plan of a
- Federal Government By Aristides.
- RANDOLPH, EDMUND. Letter on the Federal Constitution.
- LEE, RICHARD HENRY. Observations of the System of Government proposed by the late Convention. By a Federal Farmer.
- MASON, GEORGE. Objections to the Federal Constitution.
- IREDELL, JAMES. Observations on George Mason’s Objections to the Federal Constitution By Marcus.
- RAMSAY, DAVID. An Address to the Freemen of South Carolina on the Federal Constitution. By Civis.
Pamphlets on the Constitution of the United States, published during its Discussion by the People, 1787-1788, edited with notes and a bibliography by Paul Leicester Ford (Brooklyn, N.Y., 1888).
The text is in the public domain.
- Author: Tench Coxe
- Author: John Dickinson
- Author: Elbridge Gerry
- Author: Alexander Contee Hanson
- Author: James Iredell
- Author: John Jay
- Author: Richard Henry Lee
- Author: George Mason
- Author: David Ramsay
- Author: Edmund Randolph
- Author: Melanchthon Smith
- Author: Pelatiah Webster
- Author: James Wilson
- Author: Noah Webster
- Editor: Paul Leicester Ford
- Author: Mercy Otis Warren
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Table of Contents
- Observations / On the new Constitution, and on the Federal / and State Conventions. / By a Columbian Patriot. / Sic transit gloria Americana. / [Boston: 1788.]
- An / Examination / into the / leading principles / of the / Federal Constitution / proposed by the late / Convention / held at Philadelphia. / With / Answers to the principal objections / that have been raised against the system. / By a Citizen of America. / —Ut patria sua felicitate cæteris præstaret, efficit. / Xenoph. Lacedæm. Resp. / Philadelphia: / Printed and sold by Prichard & Hall, in Market Street, / the second door above Lætitia Court. / M. DCC. LXXXVII.
- An / Address / to the / People / of the / State of New-York / On the Subject of the / Constitution, / Agreed upon at Philadelphia, / The 17th of September, 1787. / New-York: / Printed by Samuel Loudon, / Printer to the State. .
- An / Address / to the / People / of the / State of New-York: / Showing the necessity of making / Amendments / to the / Constitution, proposed for the United States, / previous to its Adoption. / By a Plebeian. / Printed in the State of New York; / M, DCC, LXXX, VIII.
- The Weakness of Brutus exposed: / or, some / Remarks / in / Vindication of the Constitution / proposed by the late / Federal Convention, / against the / Objections and gloomy Fears of that Writer / Humbly offered to the Public, / By / a Citizen of Philadelphia. / Philadelphia, / Printed for, and to be had of John Sparhawk, in Market-Street, / near the Court House / M. DCC. LXXXVII.
- An / Examination / of the / Constitution / for the / United States / of / America, / Submitted to the People / by the / General Convention, / At Philadelphia, the 17th Day of September, 1787, / and since adopted and ratified / by the / Conventions of Eleven States, / chosen for the purpose of considering it, being all / that have yet decided on the subject. / By an American Citizen. / To which is added, / A Speech / of the / Honorable James Wilson, Esquire, / on the same subject. / Philadelphia: / Printed by Zachariah Poulson, Junr. in Fourth- / Street, between Market and Arch-Street. / M. DCC. LXXXVIII.
- SUBSTANCE OF AN ADDRESS to a MEETING OF THE CITIZENS OF PHILADELPHIA, delivered, october sixth, mdcclxxxvii, 1787
- The / Letters / of / Fabius, / in 1788, / on the Federal Constitution; / …. / Copy-Right Secured. / From the office of the Delaware / Gazette, Wilmington, / By W. C. Smith./1797. /
- Remarks / on the / Proposed Plan / of a / Federal Government, / Addressed to the Citizens of the / United States of America, / And Particularly to the People of Maryland, / By Aristides. / “As a confederated government is composed of petty re- / “publics, it enjoys the internal happiness of each; and with / “regard to its external situation, by means of the associa- / “tion, it possesses all the advantages of extensive monarchies.” / Mont. Sp. of Laws, B. 9, Ch. 1. / Annapolis; / Printed by Frederick Green, Printer to the State.
- Letter on the Federal Constitution, October 16, 1787, By Edmund Randolph [Richmond: Printed by Augustin Davis, 1787.]
- Observation / leading to a fair examination / of the / system of government, / proposed by the late / Convention; / and to several essential and neces- / sary alterations in it. / In a number of / Letters / from the / Federal Farmer to the Republican. [New York:] Printed [by Thomas Greenleaf] in the year M, dcc, lxxxvii.
- The Objections of the / Hon. George Mason, / to the proposed Federal Constitution. / Addressed to the Citizens of Virginia. / ….. / Printed by Thomas Nicholas.
- [Answers to Mr. Mason's objections to the new Constitution, recommended by the late Convention. By Marcus. Newbern: Printed by Hodge and Wills, 1788.]
- An / Address / to the / Freemen / of / South Carolina, / on the subject of the / Federal Constitution, / Proposed by the Convention, which met in / Philadelphia, May, 1787. / Charleston, / Printed by Bowen and Co., No. 31, Bay.
- REFERENCE LIST.