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Letter from John Fauchereaud Grimke to Henry William Harrington
Grimke, John Fauchereaud, 1752-1819
January 16, 1789
Volume 21, Pages 521-522

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Charleston, Jan’y 16, 1789.

Dr. General:

I received your Letter dated the 28th Novr. last, only a few days ago, & am sorry to find confirmed the disagreeable News relative to your not calling a Convention before November next, a long & distant period before you can even begin to give Us (the Southern States) your Interest in Congress; before which I make no doubt the

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Middle States will have laid the ground-work of a strong opposition to these States, for they will be found more similar in Interests than the Eastern States to Us & therefore there will arise more competition & consequently more Jealousy, but however it is better that you join us late, than never & that you become united to our Interests rather than opposed to them.

I wish you most sincerely much Success in your endeavours to obtain a Seat in your next Convention, when I make no doubt your State will almost Unanimously acquiesce in the acceptance of our Glorious Constitution, as I hear that even Wiley Jones has Apostatized from Anti-federalism, another St. Paul’s Conversion, if it is really so, tho’ I confess I have as little faith as St. Peter had.

I did not arrive in town till about 3 weeks ago, by which time the Delaware was closed with Ice & no vessel sailed from hence for that Port, otherwise I should have written to my Correspondent in Philadelphia about the price of Cotton, but I write in a day or two via New York, which is the only avenue now open to us to that City.

Be assured that I have not forgot that Charge & that I shall write to my worthy Friend as soon as I shall receive an answer thereto.

Pray inform my Friend Mr. Pegues that I have the Federalist for him, but the bearer thinks it too burdensome for him; neither have I forgot the bottle of bitters, which however I am glad to hear, he has got well without.

Our Representatives to Congress are 96 for Doctor Tucker.

I am, Sir, with much Esteem,
Your Obedient humble Servant,