83. Henry Knox to Adam Stephen
New York, 12 December 1787 (excerpt)1

… I am glad you approve of the new government—It seems the only mean to avoid the horror and miseries of the weakness of our present situation—New Hampshire Massachusetts & Connecticut—New Jeysey Pennsylvania and Delaware will probably adopt it before the expiration of the month of Jany I hope that Virginia will relish it better than it is reported she does at present …

1. FC, GLC 2437, The Henry Knox Papers. The Gilder Lehrman Collection, on deposit at the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York.