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title:“Timothy Pickering to General Hamilton”
authors:Timothy Pickering
date written:1803-10-18

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Pickering, Timothy. "Letter to General Hamilton." The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787. Vol. 3. Ed. Max Farrand. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1911. Print.

Timothy Pickering to General Hamilton (October 18, 1803)

City of Washington Oct. 18. 1803
I duly received your letter of Septr. 16th. relative to the propositions you made in the General Convention.1 It was obvious, that those, with the propositions of others, were presented for consideration and discussion, to be adopted or rejected, as a sense of the public safety should require; and by no means as the definitive opinions of the movers.
Dining in company with General Pinckney, as he passed thro' Salem, in September, I was asked, by one of the guests, some question concerning the nature of the propositions you made in the General Convention. I referred the enquirer to the General, who was a member. — He answered, That you proposed, that the Governors of the several states should be appointed by the President of the U States: But that Mr. Madison moved, and was seconded by his cousin Charles Pinckney, That all the laws of the individual states should be subject to the negative of the Chief Executive of the U. States. The General added, That he did not know which would be deemed the strongest measure.
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  • 1 See above CCXCV.
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