James Madison Papers

From James Madison to [Alexander Hamilton?], 25 June 1788

To [Alexander Hamilton?]

Richd. June 25. 88

Dear Sir

On the final question the Constitution was this day ratified by 89 ays agst. 79 noes. The majority is small but the proceeding has been free from every flaw & pretext of it; and the Convention as full as could be demanded, two members only being absent and those known to be divided on the subject. Recommendatory amendments will accompany the act of ratification. They are still [to] be settled and will employ us a few days longer. Yrs. respectfully

Js. Madison Jr.

RC (owned by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, Upperville, Va., 1975). Hamilton cannot be positively identified as the addressee, but JM had reported to him the progress of the Richmond convention at frequent intervals during this month. JM must have written to Hamilton on this day, for the New Yorker had twice requested him to send an express rider to Poughkeepsie as soon as a decision was reached in Richmond (19 May and 8 June).

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