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title:“George Mason to Beverley Randolph”
authors:George Mason
date written:1787-6-30

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Mason, George. "Letter to Beverley Randolph." The Papers of George Mason. Vol. 3. Ed. A Rutland. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1970. 918. Print.
Recipient's Copy, Virginia State Library, Richmond, Va..

George Mason to Beverley Randolph (June 30, 1787)

Philadelphia June 30th 1787.
The Convention having resolved that none of their Proceedings shou'd be communicated, during their Sitting, puts it out of my Power to give you any particular Information upon the Subject. Festina lente seems hitherto to have been our Maxim; things however are now drawing to that Point, on which some of the fundamental Principles must be decided, and two or three Days will probably enable us to judge (which is at present very doubtful) whether any sound & effectual System can be established, or not; if it can not, I presume we shall not continue here much longer; if it can, we shall probably be detaind 'til September. I feel myself disagreeably circumstanced, in being the only Member of the Assembly in the Virginia Delegation; and consequently, if any System shall be recommended by the Convention, that the whole Weight of Explanation must fall upon me; and if I shou'd be prevented by Sickness, or Accident, from attending the Assembly, that it will be difficult for the Assembly to obtain such Information as may be necessary upon the Subject; as I presume that in the Progress thro' the Legislature, many Questions may be asked, & Inquirys made, in which satisfactory Information, from time to time can hardly be given, but by a Member of the House, in his place. We have just received Information here that Mr. Wythe has made a Resignation, and does not intend to return. Under these circumstances, I wou'd beg Leave to submit it to the Consideration of the Executive whether it might not be proper to fill the Vacancy in the Delegation (occasioned by Mr. Wythe's Resignation) with some Member of the Assembly. Mr. Corbin being here, his Appointment, if it shall be judged proper, wou'd occasion little additional Charge to the State: if the Convention shou'd unfortunately break up, without adopting any substantial System, that Event will happen (I think) before the Appointment can reach this place; if the Convention continues to proceed on the Business, with a Prospect of Success, Mr. Corbin is on the Spot; and I doubt it may be difficult to prevail on any Member of the Assembly now in Virginia, to come hither in this late Stage of the Business.
I beg you will do me the Favour to lay this Subject before the Council; and believe me, with the greatest Esteem and Regard, dear Sir, Your most obdt. Servt.

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