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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.03680
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0082] October-December 1787 
Title Henry Knox to Marquis de Lafayette about the Constitutional Convention and his opinions on the situation
Date 24 October 1787
Author Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  
Recipient Lafayette, Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, Marquis de  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Says he has probably already heard of the results of the Constitutional Convention. Says "The propositions being essentially different, in many respects from the existing Confederation, and which will probably produce different national effects, are contemplated by the public at large with an anxious attention. The discussions are commenced in the news papers & in Pamphlets, with all the freedom & liberality which challenge a people who are searching by their own experience after a form of government most productive of happiness." Expresses his affinity for a stronger national government and believes the new constitution will provide it. Goes on to claim it is not a perfect document though and "There are several things in it that I confess I could wish to be altered." Says the people are ready for the change and that it "will be discussed fully." Predicts parties will be raised during the debate. Discusses state ratification. Will send an update from time to time. Mentions European affairs and fears French aggression. Asks for news. Says Washington is doing well, but that his crops are injured by "severe drought." Encloses a copy of the Constitution (not included). Docketed by William Knox.
Subjects US Constitution  Articles of Confederation  Revolutionary War General  US Constitutional Convention  France  Government and Civics  Journalism  Politics  Ratification  Global History and Civics  Military History  President  Agriculture and Animal Husbandry  
Place written New York, New York
Theme The Presidency; Agriculture; Creating a New Government; Government & Politics; Foreign Affairs
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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