Introducing a Fateful Compromise: A Debate on Property, and the Revised Virginia Plan

Source: Gordon Lloyd, ed., Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 by James Madison, a…

Strictures upon the Declaration of the Congress at Philadelphia in a Letter to a Noble Lord, &c.

The Last time I had the honour of being in your Lordships company, you observed…

“William Pym” Asserts Parliamentary Supremacy

The people in our American colonies lay a very great stress upon the importance of…

Letter to George Washington

Sir, I found Young La Fayette here and delivered him your Letter which much relieved…

Message to the House Regarding Documents Relative to the Jay Treaty

To the House of Representatives of the United States: With the utmost attention I have…

Letter to Edward Stevens

Dear Edward This just serves to acknowledge receipt of yours per Cap Lowndes which was…

Letter to Phillip Mazzei

My Dear Friend, Your letter of Oct. 26. 1795. is just received and gives me…

Letter to Edward Carrington

My Dear Sir Believing that I possess a share of your personal friendship and confidence…

Letter to Gideon Granger

Dear Sir I recieved with great pleasure your favor of June 4. and am much…

Letter to Alexander Hamilton

From Alexander Hamilton to James Madison Poughkepsie Saturday [19 July 1788] I thank you My Dear…

Letter to James Madison

From Alexander Hamilton to James Madison Poughkepsie Saturday [19 July 1788] I thank you My Dear…

Letter to Spencer Roane

I have recd. your favor of the 22d Ult inclosing a copy of your observations on…

Letter to Reverend Samuel Miller

I have duly received your favor of the 18th and am thankful to you for…

Letter to Thomas Jefferson

Mount Vernon (Private) My dear Sir, Your letters of the 12th & 13th came duly…

War Message to Congress

To the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States: I communicate to Congress…

Notes on the State of Virginia, Query IV: A Notice of the Mountains?

For the particular geography of our mountains I must refer to Fry and Jefferson’s map…

Letter to Justice William Johnson

DEAR SIR, — Our correspondence is of that accommodating character, which admits of suspension at…

Massachusetts Centinel

Extract of a letter from New-York, dated Feb. 17th. “On Wednesday, immediately on my getting…

Extract of a Letter From New York dated December 7th

Extract of a letter to the Printer of this paper, from his correspondent at New-York,…

A Landholder X

To the Honourable LUTHER MARTIN, Esq; SIR, I have just met with your performance, in…

New Hampshire Calls for State Convention

FRIDAY Met according to adjournment. Present as yesterday.  A Resolve, that the proceeding of the…

The New York Convention Debates and Proceedings

Convention Proceedings. FRIDAY, 10 o’Clock, A. M. The Convention met pursuant to adjournment, and resolved itself…

Rhode Island Rejects Call for a State Ratifying Convention

Motion in the Assembly to Call a State Convention The following is a copy of…

Virginia Meets to Elect Delegates

Dates of Election for the Virginia Convention (* Results Contested) Monday, 3 March Northumberland Tuesday, 18…

New York Calls for a State Ratifying Convention

Senate Proceedings, Friday, 1 February 1788 A message from the Honorable the Assembly, by Mr.…

New York Calls for a Ratification Convention

Assembly Proceedings, Thursday, 31 January 1788 (excerpt) The House resolved itself into a committee of…

Georgia Deed of Ratification

Convention Proceedings, Monday, 31 December [Twenty-six members present.] On motion of Christopher Hillary, seconded by…

Letter to William Branch Giles

Dear Sir I wrote you a letter yesterday of which you will be free to…

Letter to George Washington

Dear Sir I received on the 2d. inst the letter of Aug. 23. which you did…

Letter to George Washington

Dear Sir I have determined to make the subject of a letter, what, for some…

Massachusetts Elects 355 Delegates

Dates of Election for Massachusetts Convention Delegates (* See Notes Following Table) Monday, 19 November…

Samuel Adams and the Constitution

Extract of a letter from a gentleman in Salem, to his friend in this town,…

Anti-Cincinnatus

Mr. Printer, An antifederal piece, in No. 66, purporting to be an answer to Mr.…

Letter to John Langdon

Your obliging favor of the 3d Ulto. Came to hand last week.—You will please to…

Letter to Benjamin Franklin

Some occurrences having taken place since the meeting of our Legislature, of such a nature…

Brutus on Mason’s Objections

To the Printers of the Virginia Journal and Alexandria  Advertiser. Gentlemen, At this important crisis…

Sidney Essay No. 1

“I Aim at reformation, not satire; as I mean no invidious reflections, but only to…

To the Citizens of the United States

The following sheets contain the information given by me to the legislature of Maryland, when…

Letter To Rufus King

I am sorry to inform you that our Convention adjourned yesterday (to meet again in…

Letter from James M. Varnum, of Rhode Island, to the President of the Convention, enclosing the subjoined Communication, from certain Citizens of Rhode Island, to the Federal Convention

Note. — The following letter from Rhode Island to the Convention was intended to have…

Letter from Certain Citizens of Rhode Island to the Federal Convention

Providence, May 11, 1787. Gentlemen,— Since the legislature of this state have finally declined sending delegates to…

Letter to Congress Recommending the Constitution

In Convention Monday September 17th. 1787 Present The States of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Mr.…

Preamble to the Bill Proposing Amendments to the Constitution of the United States

Congress OF THE United States begun and held at the City of New York, on…

Address to the Members of the Volunteer Association and Other Inhabitants

Gentlemen: The testimony of your satisfaction at the glorious termination of the late contest, and…

The Virginia Resolutions

In the House of Delegates Resolved, that the General Assembly of Virginia doth unequivocally express a…

The Sedition Act

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States…

Letter to James Madison

The idea of separating the executive business of the confederacy from Congress, as the judiciary…

George Mason to George Mason Jr.

It is impossible to judge how long we shall be detained here, but from present…

Letter to James Madison

We all look with great anxiety to the result of the Convention at Philadelphia.  Indeed…

Letter to Arthur Lee

I arrived in this City on Thursday Evening last, but found so few of the…
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