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title:“William Grayson to John Lamb”
authors:William Grayson
date written:1788-6-9

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Grayson, William. "Letter to John Lamb." The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution. Vol. 18. Ed. Gaspare J. Saladino and John P. Kaminski. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 1995. 38-39. Print.
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William Grayson to John Lamb (June 9, 1788)

I recieved your letter by Colo. Oswald, and the same evening laid it before the Commee. of Opposition: they have directed the Chairman to answer it by Colo. Oswald:-some of our proposed amendments are finished in the Commee.; the others will be forwarded as soon as agreed on:
I am sorry to observe to you that our affairs in the Convention are suspended by a hair: I really cannot tell you on which side the scale will turn: the difference I am satisfied on the main question will be exceedingly small indeed:-
The Governor has declared in favor of the Constitution without amendments before adoption: this however has not injured us:-neither has the news of the ratification of South Carolina: the opposition upon the whole is firm & united; there are seven or eight dubious characters, whose opinions are not known & on whose decisions the fate of this important question will ultimately depend: should all of them be on the other side it will make a majority of four or five agt. us.
You will be pleased to consider this in the light of a private letter; at all events so far, as to prevent my being quoted in the public newspaper.-I will do myself the pleasure of giving you the earliest notice of the final decision of this Assembly; should we be strong enough to command the question, I think it will be highly expedient for the Convention to open a correspondence with yours: this however is my sentimts. not knowing how others will think on the occasion.

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