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Letter to James Madison
Emmet, Thomas Addis, 1828-1919 (Collector)
Madison, James, 1751-1836 (Recipient)
Washington, George, 1732-1799 (Creator)

Thomas Addis Emmet collection

Series XVI. The Federal Convention

Dates / Origin
Place: Mount Vernon, Va.
Date Created: 1787-03-31
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 927
Funding: Digitization was made possible by a lead gift from The Polonsky Foundation.
Citation/reference: EM9433-9588
Physical Description
A. L. S. 8 pp. 4o
He is pleased with the action of Congress in recommending the proposed convention; regrets infractions of the treaty on the American side; they have not learned the policy of placing one's enemy in the wrong; impossibility of adopting a monarchical government, at least until the present system revised by a full convention shall have proved a failure; he doubts the success of any system that shall not give means of coercion to the sovereign; the non-compliance of the states with the late requisition proves this; the delegates ought to come to the Convention unfettered, and adopt no temporising expedient, but probe the defects of the Constitution to the bottom; he would be pleased to hear of the admission of Vermont into the Union on terms agreeable to all; he told the leaders of New York years ago that terms would be more difficult for them the longer they delayed, and that the general interest was suffering; had the war continued longer, Vermont would have become a thorn in the side; the western settlements, without wise management, may be equally troublesome.
Type of Resource
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11868616
MSS Unit ID: 927
Archives EAD ID: 278718
Calendar number: EM. 9435
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 3cfe91a0-0028-0130-e345-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1787: Place
  • 1828: Creator Born
  • 1919: Creator Died
  • 2015: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

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Letter to James Madison