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Gorham, Nathaniel (1738-1796) to Henry Knox

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03727 Author/Creator: Gorham, Nathaniel (1738-1796) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 16 December 1787 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Writes that he is "very anxious to hear from Delaware Pensylvania [sic] & Jersey," in reference to whether those states ratified the constitution. Describes the situation in Massachusetts, "The prospects rather brightens here. There is one hundred good Men chosen in this neighborhood & the other parts of the Sea Coast - a great number of Towns choose tomorrow among which are such a number of good ones that I think we may count on 50 members of the right sort. That added to the former with the few good ones that will come from the three Western Counties - I think will secure the Point - you must impress upon Mr. King the absolute necessity of his being here at the time - " Ends by stating, "it is uncertain whether Mr [Elbridge] Gerry will be chosen tomorrow or not." Noted as written in Charles Town, which is now a part of Boston, Massachusetts. Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.
Gorham, Nathaniel, 1738-1796.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: US Constitution, Ratification, Government and Civics, Politics, Revolutionary War General, Election

Sub Era: Creating a New Government