Manuscript/Mixed Material George Washington to Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, April 28, 1788

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of the most extravagant and preposterous Edicts on the subject of trade, that ever stained the leaves of a Legislative Code. It is in vain to hope for a remedy of these and innumerable other evils, untill a general Government shall be adopted.

The Conventions of Six States only have as yet accepted the new Constitution. No one has rejected it. It is believed that the Convention of Maryland, which is now in session; and that of South Carolina, which is to assemble on the 12th of May, will certainly adopt it. It is, also, since the elections of Members for the Convention have taken place in this State, more generally believed that it will be adopted here than it was before those elections were made. There will, however, be powerful and eloquent speeches on both sides of the question in the Virginia Convention; but as Pendleton, Wythe, Blair, Madison, Jones, Nicholas, Innis and many other of our first characters will be advocates for its adoption, you may suppose the weight of abilities will rest on that side. Henry and Mason are its great adversaries. The Governor, if he opposes it at all will do it feebly.

On the general merits of this proposed Constitution, I wrote to you, some time ago, my sentiments pretty freely. That letter had not been received by you, when you addressed to me the last of yours which has come to my hands. I had never supposed that perfection could be the result of accommodation and mutual concession. The opinion of Mr. Jefferson and yourself is certainly a wise one, that the Constitution ought by all means to be accepted by nine States before

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Title
George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754-1799: Letterbook 15, Feb. 22, 1788 - Nov. 14, 1788
Contributor Names
Washington, George, 1732-1799 (Author)
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series: Series 2, Letterbooks 1754-1799
MSS 44693: Reel 015
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George Washington papers
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English
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Chicago citation style:

Washington, George. George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754 to 1799: Letterbook 15,- Nov. 14, 1788. 1788. Manuscript/Mixed Material. https://www.loc.gov/item/mgw2.015/.

APA citation style:

Washington, G. (1788) George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754 to 1799: Letterbook 15,- Nov. 14, 1788. [Manuscript/Mixed Material] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/mgw2.015/.

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Washington, George. George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754 to 1799: Letterbook 15,- Nov. 14, 1788. 1788. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/mgw2.015/>.

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