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title:“James Monroe to Thomas Jefferson”
authors:James Monroe
date written:1787-7-27

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Monroe, James. "Letter to Thomas Jefferson." The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787. Vol. 3. Ed. Max Farrand. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1911. Print.

James Monroe to Thomas Jefferson (July 27, 1787)

The portions of the original manuscript in cipher are here represented by italics.
Fred'ricksburg — July 27, 1787.
I shall I think be strongly impressed in favor of & inclin'd to vote for whatever they will recommend. I have heard from Becly 'tho' not from himself (who accompanied the Governour up in expectation of being appointed clerk) they had agreed giving the United States a negative upon the laws of the several States1 this I shod. think proper1 — it will if the body is well organiz'd, be the best way of introducing uniformity in their proceedings that can be devis'd, of a negative kind or by a power to operate indirectly but a few months will give us the result be it what it may.
[Footnotes as included or written by Farrand]
  • 1 If it can be done consistently with the constitutions of the several States — indeed it might be well to revise them all — & incorporate the fœdl. constitution in each.
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