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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.03624
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0081] July-September 1787 
Title David Humphreys to Henry Knox about academic trip to Boston, seeing John Quincy Adams speak and views on the Convention
Date 27 July 1787
Author Humphreys, David (1752-1818)  
Recipient Knox, Henry  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Writes to Knox about his last trip to Portsmouth and Boston. Says he was present and "highly delighted" with most of the "Academic Excercises" held at the University of Cambridge [Harvard], including one by a young Mr. [John Quincy] Adams, who "distinguished himself by a manly & dignified oration on public Credit." Also discusses the government, saying "We are gladdened with Reports that the federal Convention is likely to adopt almost unanimously some energetic form of Government, & that it is made so palatable, there are hopes entertained, that it will be swallowed by the People - I wish it may be so, but I must confess I have yet my apprehensions." Writes about the possible appointment of "some diplomatic characters for England, Holland, &c" and how it will affect him. Discusses his writings on the "Anarchiad" and the blasphemers of the [Society of] Cincinnati. Writes, "the Philosophers who have taught that every thing degenerates in America. Yet plague on these same Americans if they do not reform their morals & politics soon, I shall wish them all safe in the land of Annihilation."
Subjects Society of the Cincinnati  Post Office  Literature and Language Arts  Military History  Continental Army  Revolutionary War  Philosophy  Morality and Ethics  Politics  US Constitution  Fraternal Organization  US Constitutional Convention  Global History and Civics  Revolutionary War General  Education  President  Economics  Government and Civics  US Constitution  Federalists  Diplomacy  
People Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  Humphreys, David (1752-1818)  
Place written Hartford, Connecticut
Theme Creating a New Government; Education; Arts & Literature; Government & Politics
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Additional Information Humphreys, Washington's former aide-de-camp, is likely referring to the Constitutional Convention held in Philadelphia from May to September of 1787. The Convention ultimately led to the rewriting of the Constitution. "The Anarchiad: A New England Poem" was written by David, Joel Barlow, John Trumbull, and Lemuel Hopkins.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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