James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Tench Coxe, 18 June 1788

To Tench Coxe

Richd. June 18 —88

Dear Sir

No question has been yet taken by which the strength of parties can be ascertained. Each hopes for victory. There will not probably be half a dozen for a majority on either side. I hope & think that if no accident happens the Constitution will carry the point. But when the balance is so extremely nice, it is improper not to mingle doubts with our expectations. A few days will probably decide the matter. In haste Yrs. Affely.

Js. Madison

This instant your favr. of 11. is handed to me.

RC (owned by Henry N. Flynt, Greenwich, Conn., 1961). Addressed by JM. Coxe showed this letter to Thomas Willing, who copied it and sent a transcript to William Bingham in New York on 2 July (Thomas Willing Balch, ed., Willing Letters and Papers, Edited with a Biographical Essay of Thomas Willing of Philadelphia [Philadelphia, 1922], pp. 134, 135, 136).

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