Delegates Elected to
Attend a State Convention to Vote on a
We the Subscribers Supervisors of the County of Ulster do certify that on the 29th & 30th Days of May 1788, Canvassed and estimated the Votes taken at the Election held on the last Tuesday of April last past in and for the said County- In Pursuance of a joint Resolve of the Senate and Assembly of the State of New York passed the 31st Day of January and the 1st Day of February 1788 recommanding to the People of the said State to chuse by Ballot Delegated to meet in Convention for the purpose of taking into consideration the Report of the Convention of the States lately Assembled at Philadelphia with the Resolutions and Letters accompanying the same That, George Clinton, John Cantine, Cornelius C. Schoonmaker, Ebenezar Clarke, James Clinton and Dirck Wynkoop Esquires..............were elected Delegates for the said County to meet in convention for the purpose aforesaid.
"At the meeting of the National Convention \ in Philadelphia] after considerable discussion the majority decided to propose an entire new Constitution, which did not amend, but abolished the Articles of Confederation. .....The Constitution, as reported to the several States and submitted for adoption, contained a provision that it was to go into operation whenever adopted by nine of the confederated States. So that, after such adoption, the remaining States must necessarily come in, or withdraw from the Union and maintain a separate, independent government.
....The New York Convention met, and the supposed or alleged merits and demerits of the proposed Constitution were discussed at great length and with much ability by the leading men in the convention. The opposition to its adoption claimed that the rights of the States and the individual rights of the people were not sufficiently protected. That discussion was in progress when news arrived of its adoption by the tenth State, which gave it life and rendered it operative. The alternative was then presented to the convention to either adopt it and remain in the Union, or reject it and stand forth as an independent State. Many still adhered to their opposition, not because they desired to withdraw from the Union, but they believed that if New York took that independent stand the other States would amend the Constitution so as to remove the ground of their opposition. The discussion of the various provisions of the Constitution, and its alleged shortcomings, was continued in the convention, and various proposed amendments and a Bill of Rights adopted. Then by a majority of three votes a resolution was passed declaring the Constitution ratified by the convention...."
From Marius Schoonmaker, History of Kingston New York (New York: Burr Printing House, 1888)