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title:“Henry Knox to John Sullivan”
authors:Henry Knox
date written:1787-5-21

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Knox, Henry. "Letter to John Sullivan." Supplement to Max Farrand's The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787. Ed. James H. Hutson. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987. 12-13. Print.
Autograph Letter Signed, New Hampshire Historical Society

Henry Knox to John Sullivan (May 21, 1787)

Henry Knox to John Sullivan Philadelphia, 21 May, 1787
To His Excellency President Sullivan:
My dear sir,
As an old friend, a number of Gentlemen members of the convention have pressed me to write you soliciting that you urge the departure of the delegates from New-Hampshire. Impressed most fully with the belief that we are verging fast to anarchy and that the present convention is the only means to avoid the most flagitious evils that ever afflicted three millions of freemen, I have cheerfully consented to their request and beg leave to have recourse to your kind friendship for an excuse if any is necessary.
There are here a number of the most respectable characters from the several states, among whom is our illustrious friend Genl. Washington, who is extremely anxious on the subject of the New-Hampshire delegates.
A number of states sufficiently for organization and to commence business will assemble this week. If the delegates come on, all the states excepting Rhode-Island will be shortly represented. Endeavour then my dear Sir to press this matter with all your powers. I am persuaded from the present complexion of opinions, that the issue will prove that you have highly served your Country in promoting the measures.
I am etc.
H. Knox

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