George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Edmund Randolph, 27 December 1787

From Edmund Randolph

Richmond Decr 27. 1787.

Dear sir

The inclosed pamphlet speaks so fully for itself, that any explanation of it from me would be useless.1 I send it to you, because I know your friendship for the writer, and because I take pleasure in subscribing myself at all times, with unfeigned truth my dear sir Yr obliged friend & serv.

Edm: Randolph


1The pamphlet contained Randolph’s letter to the speaker of the house of delegates, dated 10 Oct., giving his reasons for not signing the Constitution. It is reprinted in Kaminski and Saladino, Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution, description begins John P. Kaminski et al., eds. The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution. 26 vols. to date. Madison, Wis., 1976—. description ends 8:260–75. Randolph also sent a copy of the pamphlet to James Madison. For the differing reactions of the two to the publication of Randolph’s statement, see GW to Randolph, 8 Jan. 1788, and Madison to Randolph, 10 Jan. 1788, in Rutland and Hobson, Madison Papers, description begins William T. Hutchinson et al., eds. The Papers of James Madison, Congressional Series. 17 vols. Chicago and Charlottesville, Va., 1962–91. description ends 10:354–57.

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