697. George Washington to Benjamin Lincoln
Mount Vernon, 11 February 1788 (excerpt)1

… I thank you, my dear Sir, for the information you forwarded me of the proceedings of your Convention.—It is unhappy that a matter of such high importance cannot be discussed with that candour & moderation which would through [i.e., throw] light on the subject, and place its merits in a proper point of view: but in an Assembly so large as your Convention must be, & composed of such various & opposite characters, it is almost impossible but that some things will occur which would rouse the passions of the most moderate man on earth.—It is, however, to be hoped that your final decision will be agreeable to the wishes of good men, and favorable to the Constitution. …

1. RC, Washington to Lincoln Letters, Houghton Library, Harvard University. Printed: Abbot, Washington, VI, 107–8.