To Rufus King
[New York, August 20, 1787]
Since my arrival here,1 I have written to my colleagues,2 informing them, that if either of them would come down I would accompany him to Philadelphia. So much for the sake of propriety and public opinion.
In the mean time if any material alteration should happen to be made in the plan now before the Convention, I will be obliged to you for a communication of it. I will also be obliged to you to let me know when your conclusion is at hand; for I would choose to be present at that time.
I remain with sincere regard Yr. Obed Servt
ALS, New-York Historical Society, New York City.
1. H presumably had returned to Philadelphia between August 6 and August 13, 1787. See “Constitutional Convention. Remarks on Equality of Representation of the States in the Congress,” June 29, 1787, note 3. He must have returned to New York soon after August 13.
2. Letter not found. Robert Yates and John Lansing, Jr., left the Constitutional Convention on July 10. Since they objected to the formation of the general government which the Convention seemed certain to propose, they did not plan to return. (See Yates and Lansing to George Clinton, no date, Yates, Secret Proceedings and Debates description begins Robert Yates, Secret Proceedings and Debates of the Convention Assembled at Philadelphia, in the Year 1787, For the Purpose of Forming the Constitution of The United States of America (Albany, 1821). description ends , 280–83.)