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DEAR SIR, Along with this are enclosed a few copies of the latest gazettes, containing the additional papers in favor of the federal Constitution.
I find by from RICHMOND that the proceedings of the Assembly are, as usual, rapidly degenerating with the progress of the Session; and particularly that the force opposed to the act of the Convention has gained the ascendance. There is still, nevertheless, a hope left that different characters and a different spirit may prevail in their successors, who are to make the final decision. In one point of view, the present Assembly may, perhaps, be regarded as pleading most powerfully the cause of the new government, for it is impossible for stronger proofs to be found than in their conduct of the necessity of some such anchor against the fluctuations which threaten to shipwreck our liberty.
I am, dear Sir, with the most sincere and perfect esteem, your affect 8 and obt humble serv.t.
- Letters and other writings of James Madison. Vol. I. 1769-1793. Philadelphia, J. B. Lippencott & Co, 1865, digitized by archive.org