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title:“John Dickinson: Extract of letter”
authors:John Dickinson
date written:1787

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Dickinson, John. "John Dickinson: Extract of letter." The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787. Vol. 3. Ed. Max Farrand. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1911. Print.
Manuscript, Mr. William Redwood Wright of Philadelphia. Furnished to editor by Mr. Albert Cook Myers.

John Dickinson: Extract of letter (1787)

In the Convention at Philadelphia in 1787,1 I proposed the establishment of that Branch,2 with an equal Representation therein of every State — assenting, in Consideration of such a provision to the Establishment of the other Branch, on another Principle. Letter of my Father.
S. N. Dickinson.*
[Footnotes as written or included by Farrand]
  • 1 For the formation of the Federal Constitution.
  • 2 The Senate.
  • * This scrap of MS. in the handwriting of John Dickinson, with footnotes in the handwriting of his daughter, Sarah Norris Dickinson, is in the possession of Mr. William Redwood Wright of Philadelphia. It was furnished to the editor through the kindness of Mr. Albert Cook Myers. While this volume is in press, the ninth and last volume of Gaillard Hunt's Writings of James Madison has appeared with three items which the editor would gladly have incorporated in the present work. The omission is of little real consequence, however, as the substance of all of these items is embodied in other letters of Madison included in this appendix. The significant portion of one item, a matter of punctuation, has been inserted in a foot-note to CCCLXXII.
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