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title:“Rhode Island Committee to James Varnum”
date written:1787-5-14

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"Letter to James Varnum." Supplement to Max Farrand's The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787. Ed. James H. Hutson. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987. 2. Print.
Autograph Letter Signed, John Carter Brown Library

Rhode Island Committee to James Varnum (May 14, 1787)

Providence May 14, 1787
Sir By request of the merchants and Tradesmen of this Town we inclose to your care a letter addressed to the National Convention now convened at Philadelphia, which we desire you to deliver in such way as you may think best, and if the Convention shou'd be so condescending as to permit you to take a seat with them, when the Commercial affairs of the Nation are discussed we shall think ourselves highly favor'd, to have you there to speak for us.
Our Opinions are that all Goods etc. the produce or Manufacture of the United States or any of them may be Transported to any or all of them, free of any Duty or Excise,
That all Goods Imported from any Foreign Nation that pays the National Impost at the first port of Entry may be Transported to any of the United States free of any further Duty or Import.
That the carrying Trade shou'd be Insured to the Ships and Vessels that belong to the subjects of the United States on reasonable terms.
And we hope the Consideration of a General Currency throughout the United States will not be forgot by the Convention, As it is so nearly Connected with Trade and Commerce.
If you find that you can be of service to the Mercantile Interest of this State by tarrying in Philadelphia after you have finish'd your other business we shall be ready to reimburse the Extra Expense You may be at.
We heartily wish a Recommendation may go from the Convention for the Comprehending of Vermont In the Number of the United States.
P. S. Least you should have left the City before this reaches you we have thought expedient to transmit a duplicate to Tench Francis Esq. to be by him delivered.

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