699. James White to Governor Samuel Johnston
New York, 11 February 1788 (excerpt)1

I beg permission to enclose to your Excellency the advertiser of to-day. If it contains as early hints, as any you have received of what is doing in Massachussets with respect to the great business on which they are deliberating, perhaps it may not be unacceptable. The amendments you will see proposed by the state, as they stand in the paper, are merely recommendatory; & their delegates assure me there is no doubt but the proposed constitution is, by this time acceeded to. …

1. RC, Governors’ Papers, North Carolina Division of Archives and History, Raleigh. Printed: Smith, Letters, XXIV, 642–43.