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NORTHAMPTON, May 2.

A hint has, in the southern papers, been suggested to the Deputies of the Federal Convention, on the propriety of recemmending a dissolution of the Confederation and a division of the states into four republics---The first to contain the states of New-Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode-Island and Connecticut, to which Vermont might be added. The second to contain New-York, New-Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland. The third, Virginia, the two Carolinas, and Georgia. The fourth to contain the state of Franklin, Kentucky and the lands lying on the Ohio. This division seems to be pointed out by climate, whose effect no positive law can surpass---The religion, manners, customs, exports, imports, and general interest of each, being in them the same, no opposition, arising difference in these (as at present) would any longer divide their councils---unanimity would render us secure at home, and respectable abroad, and promote agriculture, manufactures and commerce.

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There is currently no available "Beginner" label. The following is the default level label: This article from May 1787 reports on a "hint" offered to the delegates scheduled to meet in Philadelphia to revise the current national government. The suggestion from "the southern papers" was to dissolve the Confederation of the United States formed in 1781 under the Articles of Confederation. The states would recombine into four separate republics according to geography and "climate, whose effect no positive law can surpass:" northern, middle, southern and western. The divisions reflected the regional affinities that had existed well before the Revolution. Proponents of this separation thought it would ensure the consensus and common interest believed essential to sustaining a republic.

 

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Southern papers suggest dissolution of the Confederation of States article published in the Hampshire Gazette

creator   Unidentified
publisher   Hampshire Gazette
date   May 2, 1787
location   Northampton, Massachusetts
width   1.75"
height   2.25"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L04.099


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Editorial "To the Public" on the Constitution published in the Hampshire Gazette

"Ratification of the Federal Constitution by Massachusetts" published in the Hampshire Gazette

Delegates to the State Convention article published in the Hampshire Gazette


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