The Debates, Resolutions, and Other Proceedings, of the Convention of Delegates, Assembled at Portland on the 11th, and Continued Until the 29th Day of October, 1819, for the Purpose of Forming a Constitution for the State of Maine. To Which is Prefixed The Constitution. Taken in Convention.
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IN presenting to the public an account of the proceedings of the Convention, which framed the Constitution for the New State, regard has been had, not only to the gratification of a liberal curiosity, but to the preservation of an authentic record for future times. The assembling of that venerable body, was the most interesting event in our history. The object of their meeting was the most important, that can be undertaken, by men who enjoy the inestimable blessing of self-government. They were to lay the foundations of the state—and the result of their labors was to be an Act, which, if acceptable to the people, was to endure, and to influence their happiness, forages. The deliberations of such an Assembly, though happily for Americans, not a novel spectacle, yet must be viewed with the deepest interest, especially by those for whom they were acting. That interest is by no means impaired by the candor, magnanimity, and good feelings which characterised their proceedings. They are auspicious of that ingenuous and enlightened spirit, which it is so ardently to be desired, may distinguish the organizing and administering of the new government.
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Perley, Jeremiah, "The Debates, Resolutions, and Other Proceedings, of the Convention of Delegates, Assembled at Portland on the 11th, and Continued Until the 29th Day of October, 1819, for the Purpose of Forming a Constitution for the State of Maine. To Which is Prefixed The Constitution. Taken in Convention." (1820). Maine Bicentennial. 124.