James Madison Papers

Notes on Debates, 12 [11] April 1787

Notes on Debates

Mr. Varnum moved that the motion for removing to Philada. should be postponed generally. As the assent of R. I. was necessary, to make seven States, no one chose to [pr]ess a decision:1 the postponement wa[s] [th]erefore agd. to nem. Con. and the proceedings of yesterday involving the yeas & nays on some immaterial points struck from the Journals.

Ms (DLC). Wednesday was 11 Apr.; JM’s notes correspond with the proceedings under this date (JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (34 vols.; Washington, 1904–37). description ends , XXXII, 171). Brackets enclose letters missing owing to a tear in the Ms.

1James Varnum’s colleague from Rhode Island, Peleg Arnold, was the defector who deprived the pro-Philadelphia states of their seventh vote (John Armstrong, Jr., to William Irvine, 20 June 1787, Burnett, Letters description begins Edmund C. Burnett, ed., Letters of Members of the Continental Congress (8 vols.; Washington, 1921–36). description ends , VIII, 612).

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