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Date June 11, 1788
Author Name Henry Knox (primary) Location: New York
Recipient Name Brigadier General Otho H. Williams (primary) Location: Baltimore
Summary Anti-Federal majority anticipated in New York government. Virginia's adoption of the constitution is key.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups Otho Williams; General Otho H Williams; Henry Knox; quartermasters department; politicians; anti-Federalists; Secretary of War; ;
Related Places Baltimore; New York; Rhode Island; Virginia; ;
Keywords private; line of conduct; confidential interest; constitution; policy; contract; ;
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General O H Williams
Baltimore
From Genl. H Knox
private.
/to,
O. H. Williams
11th June 1788 [sqiggle]
New York 11 June 1788 (private)
My dear Sir
You ask in your letter which I have
considered as a public one, respecting the line of
conduct that will probably be pursued by this
state. In a word the antifederal interest is
so powerful as to give them a majority of 45 or
46 out of 66. They are obstinate and artful.
They will not probably have the hardihood to openly
reject the constitution should Virginia adopt it,
but they will adjourn to a different day. They
will in the mean time consult on the
conduct which will best promote their
policy.
Every thing rests on the decision
of Virginia - If she will adopt the constitution
all things will be easy notwithstanding the
crooked policy of this State and Rhode
Island
I hope your friends will be
able to prosecute the contract satisfactorily
to themselves and the troops -- I am persuaded
they will find the Quartermasters department
conducive to their interests
I am my dear Sir
Your friend & humble
Servant
H Knox
Genl Otho Williams