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Hancock, John (1737-1793) to John Sullivan

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04362 Author/Creator: Hancock, John (1737-1793) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 16 February 1788 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 29.4 x 18.3 cm. Order a Copy

Transmits a copy of the proceedings of the Massachusetts ratifying convention for the Constitution. Notes that the Convention recommended amendments and alterations to the Constitution.

Hancock was then the governor of Massachusetts. Sullivan was president of the state of New Hampshire.

Boston Feby 16th, 1788. --
I have the honor of transmitting to your Excellency a Copy of the proceedings of the Convention of the people of this Commonwealth lately Assembled in this town in conformity to a resolution of the General Court of the said Commonwealth with their assent to, & ratification of the Constitution for the United States of America reported to Congress by the Convention of Delegates from the said United States, together with certain amendments & alterations recommended to be introduced into the said Constitution which we wish may meet the Concurrence of your State --
I have the honor to be
With great Esteem & respect
Your Excellency's
Most obedt. & very hble. Servt.
John Hancock
His Excellency
John Sullivan Esqr.

Hancock, John, 1737-1797
Sullivan, John, 1740-1795

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