9. Isaac Stearns to George Clinton
Billerica, 17 September 1787 (excerpt)1

… Our publick affairs in which I have a deep concern tho deservedly but a small part to manage I think wear a better face than in months past should the yet secreted measures of the Federal Convention be as salutary as we are ready to hope for and be generously adopted by the several States we may yet be a happy people notwithstanding the distractions that have been & stil remain in some of our States especially if we become frugal & good Oeconomists …

1. RC, Stearns Papers, MHi.