Adams Papers

Rufus King to John Adams, 2 Oct. 1786

New York 2 Oct. 1786

Dear Sir,

The convention proposed to have been held at Annapolis in the last month on the subject of commerce has terminated without credit, or prospect of having done much good—

I inclose you the report which they addressed to their constituents—they were founded in the Opinion that an adjustment of the commercial powers of the several states is intimately connected with the other Authorities of the Confederacy and of the respective states—

Whether the states will acceed to the proposition of a convention at Philadelphia in May is yet uncertain—Congress I think will not interfere in such manner as to patronize the project; I am fully convinced that your Opinion is a just and political one, that congress can do all that a convention can, and certainly with more safety to original principles—But we all now seperating, the federal year will expire in a few weeks, and little public business will recieve an examination before the assembling of the next congress—

with the highest Respect I have the Honor to be Dr. Sir your / Obt. & very Hbl. Servt.

Rufus King

RC (MHi: Adams Papers).

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