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PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 27.

A correspondent observes that every true patriot must be pleased with the very respectable Delegation appointed by the State of Virginia, to meet in Convention, for federal purposes, in this city in May next. The names of WASHINGTON, WYTHE, and RANDOLPH, will ever be held in the highest veneration, by every lover of American liberty.

It is to be hoped, continues our correspondent, that the Assembly of Pennsylvania, will appoint Some of her first political characters to meet those illustrious statesmen, and friends to their country, before the present session expires. The following gentlemen, respectable for their age, abilities, integrity and experience have been taken off, as suitable persons to meet General Washington and his associates, viz. His Excellency Dr. Franklin, Thomas Mifflin, Robert Morris, James Wilson, George Clymer, Thomas Fitzsimons, and John Armstrong, junior, Esquires. A convention composed of such and similar characters, will undoubtedly be able to remove the defects of the confederation, produce a vigorous and energetic continental government, which will crush and destroy faction, subdue insurrections, revive public and private credit, disappoint our transatlantic enemies and their lurking Emissaries among us, and finally (to use an Indian Phrase) endure "while the sun shines, and the rivers flow."

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There is currently no available "Beginner" label. The following is the default level label: In September, 1786, delegates from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia met in Annapolis, Maryland, in a convention formally called the "Meeting of Commissioners to Remedy Defects of the Federal Government." Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Rhode Island had appointed delegates, but they failed to get to the meeting in time to attend it. This Annapolis Convention voted to ask that a meeting of all the states be held in May, 1787, in Philadelphia. This article reports that the delegation from Virginia would have some very respected members and recommends some prominent men from Pennsylvania as being suitable to attend the May convention. John Armstrong was the only man listed in this article who did not represent Pennsylvania at what became known as the Constitutional Convention.

 

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Delegates of Philadelphia Convention article from the Hampshire Gazette newspaper

publisher   Hampshire Gazette
date   Jan 17, 1787
location   Northampton, Massachusetts
height   4.25"
width   2.0"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L06.084


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