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title:“John Lansing to Abraham Yates and Melancton Smith”
authors:John Lansing, Jr.
date written:1788-10-3

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Lansing, John, Jr. "Letter to Abraham Yates and Melancton Smith." The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787. Vol. 3. Ed. Max Farrand. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1911. Print.
New York Historical Society, Lamb and Tillinghast manuscripts.

John Lansing to Abraham Yates and Melancton Smith (October 3, 1788)

Octb. 3d 1788.
I take the Liberty to transmit you enclosed the State of Mr. Hamilton's & my observations respecting his sentiments delivered in the general Convention & Judge Yates's Information on that subject.1
I have confined myself to the Revisal of my own observations, leaving Mr. Hamilton & Mr. Jay to do the like with theirs — Some of the observations of the former are not accurately stated & some omitted, but I suppose he will correct them.
In the paper enclosed wherever it is divided into Columns the first Column contains the sentiments of Judge Yates or myself as revised — the second is a Copy of Mr. Child's verbatim — in the other parts my sentiments are of my own stating — those of the others of Mr Childs — without the least Alteration.
It would have been my wish that this Business might have been represented by Child's after subjecting the Revisions of both parties to the perusal of the other — but tho' I intimated this to Mr. Childs he never signified any assent & I would not repeat it. — Mr. Hamilton may therefore give such an Account of it as he thinks proper — I shall only reserve the Right if I suppose it is not accurate to contradict it.
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