Address of the Albany Antifederal Committee - 1788
This statement was issued by a committee of Albany Anti-Federalists in support of Anti-Federal lists of candidates for the New York ratifying convention and the New York legislature. It is said to have been printed in the New York Journal on April 26, 1788. An imperfect transcription (taken as it appears in a number of sources) follows:
As we have been informed, that the advocates for the new constitution, have lately traveled through the several districts in the county, and propagated an opinion, that is a good system of government: we be leave to state in as few words as possible, some of the many objections against it.
[ Albany, April 10, 1788 ]
By order of the Committee,
The subscribers being of opinion, that the reasons abovementioned, are conclusive against adopting the new constitution without previous ammendments, recommend the above named gentlemen as candidates for members of convention and the following, for members of senate and assembly: to wit, Peter Van Ness, for senator; John Lansing, jun., Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, Cornelius Van Dyck, John Duncan, John Thompson, Henry K Van Rensselaer, and John Younglove, for assemblymen.
Jacob C. Ten Eyck
This often-utilized "teaching" document summarizes the antifederal objection to the Constitution. It is valuable in an Albany context as it identifies twenty-eight prominent Albany residents as opponents of ratification. Not surprizingly, the Albany Federal committee disagreed.
Candidates: Of the antifederal endorsees, Van Ness, Van Dyck, Duncan, Thompson, and Younglove were residents of greater Albany County but not of the city. Thus, they have not been further articulated here. Transformed by SB
Candidates: Of the antifederal endorsees, Van Ness, Van Dyck, Duncan, Thompson, and Younglove were residents of greater Albany County but not of the city. Thus, they have not been further articulated here.
Transformed by SB
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