July 8, 1788
By Center for Public Policy, Citizenship and Ethics
Posted on 9/27/2021 - 4 minute read
News that New Hampshire had ratified the Constitution on June 21, thereby becoming the ninth and final State necessary for adoption of the Constitution, did not reach Richmond, Virginia until June 28, three days after Virginia made the same decision. Just before dawn a hundred miles away, an express rider brought the news to Alexandria, near to George Washington’s Mount Vernon home, prompting Washington to write to his old comrade-in-arms, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney.
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