Adams Papers

To John Adams from Elbridge Gerry, 20 September 1787

New York 20th Sept. 1787

My dear Sir

The proceedings of the Convention being this day published, I embrace the Oppertunity of tranmitting them by a Vessel which is to sail this morning for London. There were only three dissentients Governor Randolph & Colo Mason from Virginia & your friend who now addresses you, from Massachusetts. The objections you will easily conceive without their being enumerated: & they will probably be stated to our respective Legislatures. Time may determine the fate of this production, which with a check on standing armies in Time of peace, & on an arbitrary administration of the powers vested in the Legislature, would have met with my approbation. I have only time to add Mrs. Gerry’s & my own best respects to Mrs. Adams and Mr & Mrs Smith / & to assure you that I remain / with the highest Respect yours

E. Gerry

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