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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to 1786
|George Washington to James Madison about his non-appearance at the Constitutional Convention
|18 November 1786
|Washington, George (1732-1799)
|Responds favorably to the work done at the Annapolis Convention and since. Explains why he cannot attend the Constitutional Convention. He was re-elected president of the Society of Cincinnati, whose meeting coincides with the convention. Although he declined that position because of his desire to retire from public life, attending the Constitutional Convention would be considered a snub to the former officers of the Continental Army. Expresses his happiness in hearing Madison would chair the Virginia delegation to the Constitutional Convention.
|Annapolis Convention US Constitution US Constitutional Convention President Government and Civics Fraternal Organization Society of the Cincinnati Continental Army Revolutionary War Military History
|Washington, George (1732-1799) Madison, James (1751-1836)
|Mount Vernon, Virginia
|Creating a New Government; The American Revolution
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|Signer of the U.S. Constitution.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859