James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Edmund Randolph, 6 December 1786

From Edmund Randolph

Richmond Decr. 6. 1786.


A notification of the inclosed appointment1 would be scarcely necessary to you, who were a Witness of its passage;2 were it not to solicit your acceptance. I have the honor to be &c.

FC (Executive Letter Book description begins Executive Letter Book, 1786–1788, manuscript in Virginia State Library. description ends ). In the hand of a clerk. Unsigned. Enclosure not found.

1As commissioner to the Federal Convention in Philadelphia scheduled to begin in May 1787. The credentials consisted of the act appointing deputies (Bill Providing for Delegates to the Convention of 1787, 6 Nov. 1786) and proceedings of the House of Delegates and Senate electing the delegates (Farrand, Records of the Federal Convention, III, 559–62).

2JM was the author of the motion to elect the commissioners (Resolution to Select Commissioners for a Federal Convention, 30 Nov. 1786). They were elected on 4 Dec. 1786 (JHDV description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia; Begun and Held at the Capitol, in the City of Williamsburg. Beginning in 1780, the portion after the semicolon reads, Begun and Held in the Town of Richmond, In the County of Henrico. The journal for each session has its own title page and is individually paginated. The edition used is the one in which the journals for 1777–1786 are brought together in two volumes, with each journal published in Richmond in either 1827 or 1828 and often called the “Thomas W. White reprint.” description ends , Oct. 1786, pp. 85–86).

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