695. Thomas Fitch Oliver to Benjamin Lynde Oliver
Marblehead, 11 February 1788 (excerpt)1

De. Brother Lynde

… Before this reaches you, you will have heard that after many very serious debates the new federal Constitution has been adopted by the Convention of this Commonwealth tho by a small majority considering the number convened which has been followed by great Rejoicing in Boston as is usual upon any extraordinary event—tho these were in an entire new stile at least for this Country as you will perceive by the papers I inclose you Six states have now adopted this new plan even exclusive of North Carolina which we are told has lately also adopted it by a large majority—How are you disposed in Virginia I hope well in the present instance & that all the federal pillars will join the support of the new Eddifice. …

1. RC, Oliver Family Papers, MHi.