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Collection Reference Number GLC07699
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1786 
Title George Washington to James Madison about his non-appearance at the Constitutional Convention
Date 18 November 1786
Author Washington, George (1732-1799)  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description 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.
Subjects Annapolis Convention  US Constitution  US Constitutional Convention  President  Government and Civics  Fraternal Organization  Society of the Cincinnati  Continental Army  Revolutionary War  Military History  
People Washington, George (1732-1799)  Madison, James (1751-1836)  
Place written Mount Vernon, Virginia
Theme Creating a New Government; The American Revolution
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Signer of the U.S. Constitution.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859