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Opposition to the Constitution
Digital History ID 259

Author:   Daniel Adams


At the town meeting of Townshend, Massachusetts, Daniel Adams opposed ratification of the Constitution on the grounds that it lacked a Bill of Rights and failed to provide for support of organized religion. Massachusetts ultimately ratified the Constitution in February 1788.


In the Bill of Rights for this Commonwealth it is declared that the happiness of the people & the Preservation of civil government depend upon the piety religion & morality & that the people have a right to invest their Legislature with power to require that provision be made for the public worship of God & the support of protestant teachers & require the attendance of people upon such worship instructions.... We must insist that the Continental Constitution contain a Bill of Rights which by Express shall secure to us our privileges especially our religion.

Source: Gilder Lehrman Institute

Additional information: Daniel Adams, at a town meeting in Townshend, Massachusetts

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