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title:“Lord Dorchester to Lord Sydney”
authors:Guy Carleton, Lord Dorchester
date written:1788-10-14

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Carleton, Guy. "Letter to Lord Sydney." The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787. Vol. 3. Ed. Max Farrand. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1911. Print.

Lord Dorchester to Lord Sydney (October 14, 1788)

Communication enclosed by Lord Dorchester in a letter to Lord Sydney, October 14, 1788
It is generally admitted that the federal convention which assembled at Philadelphia in 1787, was composed of many of the ablest men in the states; after much previous discussion, three plans were submitted to their consideration and debated:
1st. That of New Jersey, supposed to be the production of Governor Livingston, which went merely to the increase of the powers of the present congress; it was judged insufficient.
2nd. Colonel Hamilton's, that had in view the establishment of a monarchy, and the placing the crown upon the head of a foreign prince, which was overruled, although supported by some of the ablest members of the convention.
3rd. That of Virginia which was adopted.

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