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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Robert R. Livingston

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03794 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Manuscript letter Date: 13 February 1788 Pagination: 1 p. ; 25 x 20 cm.

Later copy. A note at the top of page one states, "Recd from Mr. Bancroft Feb 1857." Knox reports, "The new constitution was adopted in Massachusetts on the 6th instant by a majority of 19. The whole present 355- 187 for it- 168 against it. The minority behave with magnanimity on the occasion declaring they will support it with their lives and fortunes- The Boston people have lost their senses with joy."

In 1788, Livingston served as part of the New York convention for ratification of the United States Constitution.

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