Monday, August 6, 1787
By Center for Public Policy, Citizenship and Ethics
Posted on 8/6/2020 - 4 minute read
After an eleven-day recess, the Convention reconvened to receive the report of the Committee of Detail. A new delegate, John Francis Mercer of Maryland, arrived as others left, some not to return. Yesterday, James McClurg sent a letter to James Madison informing him he would not be back. “If I thought my return could contribute in the smallest degree,” he wrote, “nothing should keep me away. But as I know the talents, knowledge, and well-established character of our present delegates…I think my attendance now would certainly be useless, perhaps injurious.” William Pierce and William Paterson have also left, not in protest but for other business. At the same time, William Few of Georgia and Maryland’s James McHenry have returned.
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