George Washington Papers

From George Washington to James Bowdoin, 26 April 1780

Morris Town Apl 26th 1780


I am much obliged to you for your favour of the 6th instant transmitting me a copy of the plan proposed for the constitution of your state. I have not yet had leisure to give it an attentive consideration, but from a cursory view it appears to me to be a very judicious one. and to possess all the requisites towards securing the liberty and happiness of individuals, and at the same time giving energy to the administration. This last indeed is essential to the former, though unfortunately in some of our constitutions it has not been sufficiently consulted. It is of great importance that a state which is of so much weight in the union as that of Massachusetts should have a well combined and vigorous government. and nothing will give me greater pleasure than to learn that the people have adopted one which answers this description.

Accept my thanks for your communication of the advice from Mr Adams. It corrisponds with my expectations; though very little with our circumstances. It is devoutly to be wished this Campaign may be the last. I have the honor to be with perfect respect and esteem Sir Yr Most Obedt Servt

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