Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Rufus King, [28 August 1787]

To Rufus King

[New York, August 28, 1787]

Dear Sir,

I wrote to you some days since, that to request you to inform me when there was a prospect of your finishing as I intended to be with you, for certain reasons, before the conclusion. It is whispered here that some late changes in your scheme have taken place which give it a higher tone.1 Is this the case?

I leave town today, to attend a circuit in a neighbouring County, from which I shall return the last of the week, and shall be glad to find a line from you explanatory of the period of the probable termination of your business.

AL[S], New-York Historical Society, New York City.

1H is referring to the various proposals to grant additional powers to the legislature and the judiciary, and to strengthen the executive. See James Madison’s record in Hunt and Scott, Debates description begins Gaillard Hunt and James Brown Scott, eds., The Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 Which Framed the Constitution of the United States of America. Reported by James Madison (New York, 1920). description ends , 384–465.

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