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Schuyler, Philip John (1733-1804) to Stephen Van Rensselaer

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07537 Author/Creator: Schuyler, Philip John (1733-1804) Place Written: Poughkeepsie, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 2 July 1788 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 32.1 x 19.2 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07537 Author/Creator: Schuyler, Philip John (1733-1804) Place Written: Poughkeepsie, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 2 July 1788 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 32.1 x 19.2 cm.

Summary of Content: Indicates that he has heard news of Virginia's ratification of the Constitution and offers his congratulations. He had been worried about the consequences for the country had Virginia not ratified. Believes the adoption in Virginia will have a positive effect on the New York State ratifying convention and compel other states to do the same. Notes that Colonel Alexander Hamilton is well. Contains some corrections in pencil.

Background Information:

People: Schuyler, Philip John, 1733-1804
Van Rensselaer, Stephen, 1764-1839
Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: American StatesmenUS ConstitutionRatificationGovernment and Civics

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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