85. Henry Knox to Stephen Ogden
New York, 13 December 1787 (excerpt)1

… The new Constitution is the domestic word, and a pretty general War the European apprehension—Loving peace as I do I pray sincerely for the new Constitution believing that it will be the only mean to keep the ship steady in the rising storm—perhaps the broils of Europe and an opinion that we may be hurt amid the clashing of arms may have the effect to induce the people of this country to embrace the thing which will secure them against insult. …

1. RC, Dreer Collection, Generals of the Revolution, PHi.