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I am in hopes we shall be done in about 20 days. There are several things referred which will take some time.
Paris Aug. 30. 1787.
I have news from America as late as July 19. nothing had then transpired from the Federal convention. I am sorry they began their deliberations by so abominable a precedent as that of tying up the tongues of their members. nothing can justify this example but the innocence of their intentions, & ignorance of the value of public discussions. I have no doubt that all their other measures will be good & wise. it is really an assembly of demigods. Genl. Washington was of opinion they should not separate till October.
Philadelphia Sept. 2d 1787
I regret not having had it in my power to visit New York during the adjournment of the Convention, last Month. — not foreseeing with any precission the period at which it was likely to take place or the length of it, I had put my carriage in the hands of a workman to be repaired and had not the means of mooving during the recess but with, or the curtisy of, others.
I thank you for the hints contained in your letter
Phila., Sept. 2, 1787.
I expect to leave this place on Saturday, Seven night.
Philada. Sepr. 4. 1787.
The Convention has not yet broken up but its Session will probably continue but a short time longer. Its proceedings are still under the injunction of secresy. … As soon as the tie of secresy shall be dissolved I will forward the proceedings of the Convention.
Newport Septem ye 4th: 1787
I have not as yet lost all hopes of getting a Representation to
- Documentary History of the Constitution, IV, 266.
- Documentary History of the Constitution, IV, 269.
- Virginia Calendar of State Papers, IV, 338.
- Documentary History of the Constitution, IV, 270.