Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Vol. 4

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Author: James Madison

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From James Madison.

Richmond, 25 June, 1788.

DEAR SIR,

We got through the Constitution by paragraphs to-day. To-morrow some proposition for closing the business will be made. On our side a ratification, involving a few declaratory truths, not affecting its validity, will be tendered. The opposition will urge previous amendments. Their conversation to-day seemed to betray despair. Colonel Mason, in particular, talked in a style which no other sentiment could have produced. He held out the idea of civil convulsions, as the effects of obtruding the Government on the people. He was answered by several; and concluded with declaring his determination, for himself, to acquiesce in the event, whatever it might be. Mr. H——y endeavoured to gloss what had fallen from his friend, declared his aversion to the Constitution to be such that he could not take the oath; but that he would remain in peaceable submission to the result. We calculate on a majority, but a bare one. It is possible, nevertheless, that some adverse circumstance may happen.

I am, dear Sir, in haste, &c.,

JAMES MADISON JR.

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Chicago: James Madison Jr., "From James Madison.," Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Vol. 4 in Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, ed. Jared Sparks (Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Press, 1853), 226. Original Sources, accessed April 26, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CQA6NE2CA5EBQ9H.

MLA: Madison, James, Jr. "From James Madison." Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Vol. 4, in Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, edited by Jared Sparks, Vol. 4, Freeport, NY, Books for Libraries Press, 1853, page 226. Original Sources. 26 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CQA6NE2CA5EBQ9H.

Harvard: Madison, J, 'From James Madison.' in Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Vol. 4. cited in 1853, Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, ed. , Books for Libraries Press, Freeport, NY, pp.226. Original Sources, retrieved 26 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CQA6NE2CA5EBQ9H.