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1804 Pamphlet "On the Proposition for a New Constitution" by David Daggett (Jonathan Steadfast) "Count the Costs"

This pamphlet was written by David Daggett who after he wrote the pamphlet became a United States Senator, Mayor of New Haven, founder of Yale Law School and Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. In this famous pamphlet Daggett uses the appropriate pseudonym "Jonathan Steadfast" to argue against claims by Jeffersonian Republicans that Connecticut needed a new written Constitution that eliminated the Congregational religious establishment and separated government functions. Daggett's arguments won the day in Connecticut elections until 1816-1818 when the revolution against the Standing Order of Federalists and Congregational Church was brought down by Connecticut's voters and a new Constitution was adopted.

Below is the concluding argument in the 21 page pamphlet.

    "Count the Cost" is a famous political pamphlet which is cited in Richard Purcell's influential book, "Connecticut in Transition 1775-1818" and has been put in digital form by Project Gutenberg.

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