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title:“Jared Sparks to James Madison”
authors:Jared Sparks
date written:1831-11-14

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

Jared Sparks to James Madison (November 14, 1831)

November 14, 1831.
"Gouverneur Morris" is in press . . . It will be in three volumes, the first a memoir, and the other two selections from his writings, all of which I hope to send you in January. He has left hardly a scrap of paper on the subject of the Convention, and I shall consequently have very little to say of that matter.
. . . I doubt whether any clear light can be gained till Pinckney's original draft shall be found, which is probably among the papers of one of the committee. It seems to me that your secretary of the Convention was a very stupid secretary, not to take care of those things better, and to make a better journal than the dry bones which now go by that name.

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