What was John Jay’s Address to the People of the State of New York, on the subject of the signing of the Constitution, September 17, 1787?
John Jay’s Address to the People of New York, is hereunder excerpted:
“…when the King of Great Britain, misguided by men who did not merit his confidence, asserted the unjust claim of binding us in all cases whatsoever, and prepared to obtain our submission by force, the object which engrossed our attention, however important, was nevertheless plain and simple. ‘What shall we do?’ was the question. The people answered, let us unite our councils and our arms. They sent delegates to Congress and soldiers to the field…Union was then considered as the most essential of human means…That union was the child of wisdom. Heaven blessed it, and it wrought out our political salvation…” 1
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Jay, John. An Address to the People of the State of New York, on the subject of the Constitution, agreed upon at Philadelphia, the 17th September, 1787. New York: Samuel and John Loudoun, Printers to the State, 1788, pp. 4, 18. Library of Congress, Rare Book Collection.