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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.03740
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0082] October-December 1787 
Title Henry Knox to François-Louis Teissèdre de Fleury about the Constitutional Convention and other matters
Date 26 December 1787
Author Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  
Recipient Fleury, François-Louis Teissèdre, Vicomte de  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Mentions that Samuel Shaw is probably in Canton, China and was in India during the last year. Updates Fleury on the Constitutional Convention held in Philadelphia and the progress of ratifying the constitution in each state. "A convention or representation of all the States excepting Rhode Island met in Philadelphia in the month of May last and after four months deliberation agreed on the Constitution herein enclosed (not present)." Goes on to state, "This constitution is to be submitted to a convention chosen by the people of each state," and adds that Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey have already adopted it. Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire will probably adopt it in a few more weeks. The states most opposed are Virginia, New York and Rhode Island but Knox believes all the states will eventually adopt it. Reports from Europe indicate a war between England and France. Knox says that "come when it may" he wishes France "all possible success." Docket, in the hand of William Knox, notes this as a copy.
Subjects US Constitution  Revolutionary War General  Commerce  Merchants and Trade  Asia  Global History and Civics  Travel  US Constitutional Convention  Ratification  Government and Civics  France  Military History  Federalists  
People Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  Fleury, François-Louis Teissèdre, Vicomte de (b. 1749)  
Place written New York, New York
Theme Creating a New Government; Foreign Affairs; Government & Politics
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Additional Information François-Louis Teissèdre de Fleury was a French volunteer who served in the army's department of engineers.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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