The Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, 1789-1791


ALS, Gilder Lehrman Collection, Pierpont Morgan Library, New York (Permission to publish must be obtained from the Gilder Lehrman Collection of the Pierpont Morgan Library)

George Clymer to Benjamin Rush (excerpt)

To this knotty business has just succeeded another— It has for three days past been maintained by Gerry &c. that in the removal of officers the president has constitutionally but a divided power— this position tending to the utter subversion of the executive has been combated with the utmost force of Madison and Ames, yet they still hold out against eloquence and reason and have asked another day—. I think I see however a clear majority against them.