Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, Vol. 5

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To Thomas Jefferson
[Extract] New York, March 19, 1787

Navigation of the Mississippi—Opinions of several states in regard to it.

Dear Sir,—I have already made known to you the light in which the subject [the sacrifice of the Mississippi] was taken up by Virginia. Mr. Henry’s disgust exceeds all measure, and I am not singular in ascribing his refusal to attend the convention to the policy of keeping himself free to combat or espouse the result of it according to the result of the Mississippi business, among other circumstances. North Carolina also has given pointed instructions to her delegates; so has New Jersey. A proposition for the like purpose was a few days ago made in the legislature of Pennsylvania, but went off without a decision on its merits. Her delegates in Congress are equally divided on the subject. The tendency of this project to foment distrust among the Atlantic States, at a crisis when harmony and confidence ought to have been studiously cherished, has not been more verified than its predicted effect on the ultramontane settlements.

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Chicago: Elliot, Jonathan, ed., "To Thomas Jefferson [Extract] New York, March 19, 1787," Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, Vol. 5 in The Debates in the Several State Conventions, on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, as Recommended by the General Convention at Philadelphia, in 1787, ed. Jonathan Elliot (Philadelphia: J. B. Lipincott Company, 1901), Original Sources, accessed July 19, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=1688NSFNLYVGTGT.

MLA: . "To Thomas Jefferson [Extract] New York, March 19, 1787." Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, Vol. 5, edited by Elliot, Jonathan, in The Debates in the Several State Conventions, on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, as Recommended by the General Convention at Philadelphia, in 1787, edited by Jonathan Elliot, Vol. 5, Philadelphia, J. B. Lipincott Company, 1901, Original Sources. 19 Jul. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=1688NSFNLYVGTGT.

Harvard: (ed.), 'To Thomas Jefferson [Extract] New York, March 19, 1787' in Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, Vol. 5. cited in 1901, The Debates in the Several State Conventions, on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, as Recommended by the General Convention at Philadelphia, in 1787, ed. , J. B. Lipincott Company, Philadelphia. Original Sources, retrieved 19 July 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=1688NSFNLYVGTGT.