Notes on Debates
see Journals till
Teusday April 11.  
Mr. Kerney moved that Congs adjourn on the last friday in April to meet on the—day of May in Philada.1 Georgia N. C. Va. Delre. Pena. N. Jersey & R. I. were for it. The merits of the proposition were not discussed. The friends to it seemed sensible that objections lay agst. the particular moment at which it was proposed, but considering the greater centrality of Philada. as rendering a removal proper in itself—and the uncertainty of finding 7 States present & in the humor again, they waved the Objections. The opinion of myself was that the meeting of the ensuing Congs. in Philada. ought to be fixed, leaving the existing Congs. to remain throughout the federal year in N. York. This arrangemt. wd. have been less irrita[t]ing, and would have had less the aspect of precipitancy or passion, and wd. have repelled insinuations of a personal considerations with the members. The question was agd. to lie over till tomorrow.2
Ms (DLC). Tuesday was 10 Apr.; JM’s notes correspond with the proceedings under this date (JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (34 vols.; Washington, 1904–37). description ends , XXXII, 167–70).
1. Dyre Kearny, delegate from Delaware. His motion read that on the last Friday in April Congress would adjourn “to meet on the first Monday in June” at Philadelphia (JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (34 vols.; Washington, 1904–37). description ends , XXXII, 167).
2. See Motion on Congressional Rule of Order, 10 Apr. 1787 and n. 1; JM to Randolph, 15 Apr. 1787, and JM to Monroe, 19 Apr. 1787 and n. 3.