James Madison Papers

From James Madison to George Washington, 15 February 1788

To George Washington

N. York Feby. 15. [1788]

Dear Sir

I have at length the pleasure to inclose you the favorable result of the Convention at Boston.1 The amendments are a blemish, but are in the least Offensive form. The minority also is very disagreeably large, but the temper of it is some atonement. I am assured by Mr. King2 that the leaders of it as well as the members of it in general are in good humour; and will countenance no irregular opposition there or elsewhere. The Convention of N Hampshire is now sitting. There seems to be no question that the issue there will add a seventh pillar, as the phrase now is, to the fœderal Temple. With the greatest respect & attachmt I am Dr. Sir Yrs.

Js. Madison Jr

RC (Universiteitsbibliotheek, Amsterdam); Tr (DLC). Enclosure not found.

1The form of ratification of the Constitution by the convention of Massachusetts appeared in the N.Y. Daily Advertiser on 11 Feb. 1788.

2Rufus King had returned to New York two days earlier (N.Y. Daily Advertiser, 14 Feb. 1788).

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