Elliot’s Debates: Volume 2

Convention of Massachusetts January 11, 1788

Friday, 11th.—Committee were raised to inquire respecting the contested elections, and enjoined to sit immediately.

Afternoon.—The house in which the Convention were sitting, on account of the difficulty of hearing, being found inconvenient, a committee was raised to provide one more suitable, after which it was voted to adjourn to Saturday morning, then to meet in the representatives’ chamber.

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