Manuscript/Mixed Material Image 1 of James Madison to George Washington, December 5, 1789.

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Orange, Decr, 5, 1789.

Dear Sir,

Since my last I have been furnished with the inclosed copy of the letter from the Senators of this State to its Legislature.1 It is well calculated to keep alive the disaffection to the Government, and is accordingly applied to that use by violent partizans. I understand the letter was written by the first

1 The letter was dated September 28th and signed by Richard Henry Lee and William Grayson. It said: “It is impossible for us not to see the necessary tendency to consolidated Empire, in the natural operation of the Constitution, if no further amended than now proposed,” and that civil liberty could not exist in an undivided government over so great a territory as the United States. They favored persevering application by the States to Congress for more amendments, and if it failed then a convention should be called.— Mad. MSS.

subscriber of it, as indeed is pretty evident from the style and strain of it. The other it is said , subscribed it with reluctance. I am less surprised that this should have been the case than that he should have subscribed it at all.

My last information from Richmond is contained in the following extract from a letter of the 28th of Novr., from an intelligent member of the H. of Delegates. “The revenue bill which proposes a reduction of the public taxes one fourth below the last year's amount is with the Senate. Whilst this business was before the H. of Delegates a proposition was made to receive Tobacco & Hemp as commutables, which was negatived, the House determining still to confine the collection to specie and to specie warrants. Two or three petitions have been presented which asked a general suspension of Executions for twelve months; they were read, but denied a reference. The Assembly have passed an Act for altering the time for choosing Representatives to Congress, which is now fixed to be on the third Monday in September, suspending the powers of the Representative until the Feby. after his election. This change was made to suit the time of the annual meeting of Congress. The fate of the Amendments proposed by Congress to the Genl Government is still in suspense. In a Come. of the whole House the first ten were acceded to with little opposition; for on a question taken on each separately, there was scarcely a dissenting

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James Madison to George Washington, December 5, 1789.
Contributor Names
Washington, George (Addressee)
Madison, James
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December 5, 1789
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-  General Correspondence
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Series: Series 1, General Correspondence, 1723-1859
Microfilm Reel: 4
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