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title:“Jared Ingersoll to Thomas Shippen”
authors:Jared Ingersoll
date written:1787-5-18

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Ingersoll, Jared. "Letter to Thomas Shippen." Supplement to Max Farrand's The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787. Ed. James H. Hutson. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987. 7-8. Print.
Autograph Letter Signed, Library of Congress

Jared Ingersoll to Thomas Shippen (May 18, 1787)

FRIDAY, MAY 18, 1787 GEORGE WASHINGTON: DIARY Friday r 8th. The representation from New York appeared on the floor to day. Dined at Greys ferry, and drank Tea at Mr. Morris's—after which accompanied Mrs. [Morris] and some other Ladies to hear a Mrs. O'Connell read (a charity affair). The lady being reduced in circumstances had had recourse to this expedient to obtain a little money. Her performe. was tolerable—at the College-Hall. JARED INGERSOLL TO THOMAS SHIPPEN Philadelphia, May i 8 , 1 7 87 Dear Sir. • . • We have no news to communicate, unless that our prospects appear to become more gloomy. I look with much anxiety. I fear confusion, if nothing worse. Our federal Government seems to be expiring. What will be the substitute, whether better or worse or how soon any other System may get established, it is impossible to predict. . . . ALS (Library of Congress) 7 SATURDAY, MAY 19, 1787 GEORGE WASHINGTON: DIARY Saturday 19th. No more States represented. Dined at Mr. Ingersolls. Spent the evening at my lodgings—& retird. to my room soon. WILLIAM LIVINGSTON TO DAVID BREARLEY Burlington 19 May 1787 Dear Sir The State has added to our Delegates in Convention, Mr. Clark and myself. I suspect that by the middle of next week at farthest we shall have a full representation by the attendance of Mr. Clark and Mr. Patterson. Mr. Houston's ill state of health which I sincerely regret will I fear prevent his going tho' he told me that he intended it. It will be more agreeable to me, and what is of more consequence more useful to the State in my opinion that I should remain here during the sitting of the Legislature which I imagine will not be protracted beyond three weeks. After the rising of the Assembly, I will upon sufficient notice prepare for the journey chearfully take the place of any one of you that shall choose to return home and if our Delegation should during the sitting be unavoidably reduced to two I will leave the Legislature and go to the Convention rather than that the State should for a single day be unrepresented in it, but in that case I should wish to have notice sufficient to enable inc first to go to Elizabeth Town where I should want two or three days to arrange my own affairs and prepare for the Journey. TR (Massachusetts Historical Society) 8

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