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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to George Washington

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03762 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 14 January 1788 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Knox updates Washington on various state conventions meeting to decide on ratification of the United States Constitution. Writes, "The new Constitution has hitherto been as well received as could have been expected considering the various existing opinions prejudices and parties in the respective states." Reports that Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Connecticut have all voted in favor of ratification. Mentions Jeremiah and James Wadsworth, both part of the Connecticut convention. Thinks Connecticut's decision to ratify will influence the Massachusetts convention (Massachusetts ratified the Constitution 6 February 1788). Discusses political factions in Massachusetts, including the "commercial part," the "Eastern part," and "the insurgents and their favorers..." Notes that Samuel Adams, one of the Massachusetts state ratifying convention members, has declared opposition to the Constitution. Comments on his rheumatism. Knox's retained draft.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.
Washington, George, 1732-1799.
Adams, Samuel, 1722-1803.
Wadsworth, James, 1730-1817.
Wadsworth, Jeremiah, 1743-1804.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: US Constitution, Ratification, Revolutionary War General, President Government and Civics, Federalists, Politics, Rebellion, Mobs and Riots, Shays' Rebellion, Commerce, Health and Medical, Disease

Sub Era: Creating a New Government