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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.03797
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0083] January-March 1788 
Title Henry Knox to George Washington about the ratification of the constitution in Massachusetts and the different attitudes of those who oppose it
Date 14 February 1788
Author Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  
Recipient Washington, George  
Document Type Correspondence; Government document
Content Description Reports on Massachusetts' adoption of the Constitution of the United States. Writes, "It may with great truth be asserted that no subject was ever more candidly debated- Many of the minority express their determination, of inculcating the principle of union among their constituents." Categorizes those who oppose the Constitution into three groups: the "insurgent interest," the "desperate debtors," and "honest men, without information whose minds are apprehensive of danger to their Liberties." Encloses a paper "containing a description of the demonstration of Joy by the Boston people on the occasion" (not present). Notes that New Hampshire's ratification convention assembled the previous day.
Subjects US Constitution  Ratification  Revolutionary War General  President  Government and Civics  Politics  Federalists  Rebellion  Mobs and Riots  Shays' Rebellion  Finance  Debt  Freedom and Independence  Holidays and Celebrations  
People Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  Washington, George (1732-1799)  
Place written New York, New York
Theme Creating a New Government; Government & Politics
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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