Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Delaware. Microform supplement
Prospects for ratification of the Constitution by Delaware, 26 September-11 December 1787, pp. 28-31
30 7 Samuel A. Otis to James Warren, New York, 27 November" If the Confederation ceases, puissant as any state may feel itself, I think its independence is at an end. If they [the states] prefer the Confederation upon the old, or rather present plan, they certainly ought to keep up their represen- tation; and if they are zealous for the new plan, they ought to send their delegates to prepare the way, and I had like to have said make the paths straight before it. But I have no expectation of a speedy adoption of the new system. New Hampshire I can give no account of; Massachusetts and Rhode Island, no; Connecticut, yea; New York, no; New Jersey, doubt; Pennsylvania and Delaware, yea....at least these are my probable conjectures upon each state from present appearances. 8 James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, New York, 9 December;'v The Constitution proposed by the late Convention en- grosses almost all the whole political attention of America. All the legislatures except that of Rhode Island, which have been assembled, have agreed in submitting it to state conventions.....New Hampshire from every account, as well as from some general inducements felt there, will pretty certainly be on the affirmative side. So will New Jersey and Delaware.
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