James Madison Papers

From James Madison to George Washington, 26 December 1787

To George Washington

New York Decr. 26. 1787.

Dear Sir

I am just informed by a Delegate from New Hamshire that he has a letter from President Sullivan which tells him that the Legislature had unanimously agreed to call a convention as recommended, to meet in February. The second wednesday is the day if I have not mistaken it. We have no further information of much importance from Massachussetts. It appears that Cambridge the residence of Mr. Gerry has left him out of the choice for the Convention, and put in Mr. Dana formerly Minister of the U. States in Europe, and another Gentleman, both of them firmly opposed to Mr. Gerry’s Politics. I observe too in a Massts. paper that the omission of Col. Mason’s objection with regard to commerce, in the first publication of his Objections, has been supplied. This will more than undo the effect of the mutilated view of them.1 New Jersey the Newspapers tell us has adopted the Constitution unanimously. Our European intelligence remains perfectly as it stood at the date of my last. With the most Affectionate esteem & attachment I am Dear [Sir], Your Obedient & very hble servt.

Js. Madison Jr.

RC (DLC: Washington Papers); Tr (DLC). RC docketed by Washington.

1The omitted paragraph was published in the Boston Mass. Centinel of 19 Dec. 1787, preceded by an extract of a letter to the printer from his New York correspondent. The correspondent explained that the copy of Mason’s “Objections” he had sent to the paper earlier had been obtained “from a certain antifederal character, in this city—who, it since appears, like a true antifederalist, omitted one objection, which was the principal in Col. Mason’s mind.”

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