James Madison Papers

From James Madison to John Quincy Adams, 2 November 1818

To John Quincy Adams

Montpellier, Novr. 2, 1818.


I have received your letter of the 22 ult: and enclose such extracts from my notes relating to the two last days of the Convention, as may fill the chasm in the Journals, according to the mode in which the proceedings are recorded.1

Col. Hamilton did not propose in the Convention any plan of a Constitution. He had sketched an outline which he read as part of a speech;2 observing that he did not mean it as a proposition, but only to give a more correct view of his ideas.

Mr. Patterson regularly proposed a plan which was discussed & voted on.3

I do not find the plan of Mr. Charles Pinkney4 among my papers. I tender you, Sir, assurances of my great respect and esteem.

Printed in Madison, Writings (Hunt ed.) description begins Gaillard Hunt, ed., The Writings of James Madison (9 vols.; New York, 1900–1910). description ends , 8:416–17. Listed in Calendar of the Miscellaneous Letters Received by the Department of State … (Washington, 1897), 228, but in 2008 the editors were unable to locate the letter in DNA: RG 59, ML.

1Enclosure not found.

2For Alexander Hamilton’s speech of 18 June 1787, see Madison, Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention, 129–39.

3For William Paterson’s plan, see John Quincy Adams to JM, 22 Oct. 1818, and n. 4.

4For Pinckney’s plan, see ibid., and n. 6.

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