707. John B. Bowen to Penuel Bowen
Boston, 13 February 1788(excerpts)1

Ever honor’d Sir

… The papers which I send will acquaint you with the ratification of the Constitution by Massachusetts, upon which event, I congratulate you. … Nothing can be more ardent than my wishes, for your welfare & prosperity. And it shall be my highest ambition to do that, which will merit your esteem, and secure your paternal affection. Please to write me your opinion of the New Constitution, of Goverment, which was offer’d to the people of America, by the late federal Convention. I conclude by subscribing myself your ever dutiful and affectionate Son

1. RC, Bowen-Cooke Papers, South Carolina Historical Society.