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Morris, Gouverneur (1752-1816) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03411 Author/Creator: Morris, Gouverneur (1752-1816) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 9 January 1787 Pagination: 1 p. ; 23.2 x 19 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes that he has not replied yet to Knox because he expected to see Colonel [Jeremiah] Wadsworth in Philadelphia, but has not yet, and does not know when he will arrive. Declares that the newspapers will have informed Knox that Pennsylvania has "appointed me a Commissioner on her Part to meet at the Convention in May. Had the object been any other than it is I would have declined. The appointment was the most unexpected thing that ever happened to me for I have not only declared in general my unwillingness to accept of any thing under this State but in this particular instance objected to being named but it was done while I was at Trenton." Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

Background Information: Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

Full Transcript: [draft]

Philadelphia 9 January 1787
Dear Knox,
I have received yours of the 21st Ulto: The Accounts from Massachusetts of late appears specific. I delayed answering your letter in the expectation of ...seeing Wadsworth here but as yet there is no intelligence of him at least I have heard none. The news papers will have informed you that Pensilvania has appointed me a Commissioner on her Part to meet at the Convention in May. Had the object been any other than it is I would have declined. The appointment was the most unexpected thing that ever happened to me for I have not only declared in general my unwillingness to accept of any thing under this State but in this particular instance objected to being named but it was done while I was at Trenton. Adieu
Yours
Gouvr Morris
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People: Morris, Gouverneur, 1752-1816
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Wadsworth, Jeremiah, 1743-1804

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: US ConstitutionUS Constitutional ConventionGovernment and CivicsLawJournalism

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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