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title:“Rufus King to Nathan Dane”
authors:Rufus King
date written:1787-6-16

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King, Rufus. "Letter to Nathan Dane." Supplement to Max Farrand's The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787. Ed. James H. Hutson. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987. 79-80. Print.
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Rufus King to Nathan Dane (June 16, 1787)

SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 1787 79 We would be Traitors to our Country if we did not embrace this parting Angel. States not Objects of Coercion. If done by distressing Trade—some not commercial—by Inroad—tardy, expensive and dangerous. Members of Congress particularly dependent on their own States. This last attempt to confederate— Adjourned. PIERCE BUTLER: NOTES ON DEBATES Mr. Lancey. Without regard to wealth numbers or anything else. Mr. Patterson. I came not here to sport sentiments of my own, but to speak the mind of my Constituents. Perpetual is a word of Course as in Common Treaties of peace and Alliance. Shall we alter the plans without any tollerable reason. One free man is equal to another but it is not a just deduction that one free State is equal to another. The Quantum of power will depend upon the justice of the Representation. Has Congress been composed of weak or bad Men. This is not a fair Question. Speak of Measures not Men. Willson. Inequality in representation a poison that must destroy the whole. Randolph. The Militia are incompetent to the purposes of defence. It would be very difficult to persuade the Militia of One State to march into another. This Argument was brought forward to prove the weakness of Congress. PHOTOSTAT (Library of Congress) GEORGE WASHINGTON: DIARY Saturday 16th. In Convention. Dined with the Club at the City Tavern and drank Tea at Doctr. Shippins with Mrs. Livingstons party. RUFUS KING TO NATHAN DANE Philadelphia i6 June 1 7 8 7 I think that I informed you that by an early order of the Convention the members are restrained from communicating any thing done in convention during the time of their session. The object was the prevention of partial representations, and also the additional consideration of leaving the Report of the convention to stand or fall on its own merits. I am therefore prevented from writing to you with that freedom which otherwise I should do, as well for your information of the proceedings of the convention, as 80 SUPPLEMENT TO FARRAND'S RECORDS to obtain your sentiments on points of consequence which must here receive their discussion. . . . We hear nothing from N. Hampshire, not even who is president. Farewell R. King

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