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ALS, Peters Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
N. York June 18th. 1789
By Col. Delaney I have the Honour to transmit You a Sett of the Minutes of the House of Representatives, as far as they are at present printed, and if you will be at the Trouble of having them filed I will transmit the preceeding Sheets as fast as they come from the press. I also inclose the Bill to establish the judicial Courts of the U. States as the same was reported to the Senate by a Comittee appointed for that purpose. A considerable Time I presume will elapse before the same is passed in the Senate & transmitted to our House, If your Time will permit to favour me with your Observations thereon you will lay me under particular Obligations. We have these two Days past had a very important and interesting Debate on a Motion to strike out the Words: "to be removeable by the president," in the bill for establ[ish]ing the Department of foreign Affairs. The Question will probably be decided this Day, and I sincerely wish & hope the words may not be struck out, as without them I should consider the Act very imperfect indeed. The Anti's now begin to discover themselves, and they are on this Occasion bringing their whole force to a point, I think I see an antifederal Monster growing, which if it should gain Strength will I fear interrupt the Harmony with which we have hitherto proceeded. I have the Honr. to be with much Esteem
Your most obedt.
Fredk. A. Muhlenberg
Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America,
ed. Charlene Bickford, et al.
(Columbia, S.C.: Model Editions Partnership, 1999).
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