The Convention consists now as it has generally done of Eleven States. There has been no intermission of its Sessions since a house was formed; except an interval of about ten days allowed a Committee appointed to detail the general propositions agreed on in the House. The term of its dissolution cannot be more than one or two weeks distant.
A Governmt. will probably be submitted to the people of
consisting of a president, cloathed
with Executive power;
a Senate chosen
by the Legislatures,
and another House chosen
by the people of
the States, jointly possessing
power; and a regular judiciary
The mode of constituting the Executive
is among the few points not yet finally settled.
will consist of two members
from each State,
and appointed sexennially.
The other, of members appointed biennially
by the people of the States,
in proportion to their number.2
The Legislative power will extend to taxation, trade,
and sundry other general matters.3
he powers of Congress will be distributed,
according to their nature, among the several departments.
The States will be restricted from paper money<5/em> and in a few other instances. These are the outlines. The extent of them may perhaps surprize you. I hazard an opinion nevertheless that the plan, should it be adopted, will neither effectually answer its national object, not prevent the local mischiefs which everywhere excite disgusts agst. the State Governments. The grounds of this opinion will be the subject of a future letter. . . .