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14-25 May, 1787

18 May, 1787: Benjamin Franklin to Thomas Jordan

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Benjamin Franklin calls the convention "une assemblée des notables."

Online Library of Liberty Transcription (from Farrand): Philadelphia, May 18, 1787. I received your very kind letter of February 27th, together with the cask of porter you have been so good as to send me. We have here at present what the French call une assemblée des notables a convention composed of some of the principal people from the several States of our confederation. They did me the honor of dining with me last Wednesday,3 when the cask was broached, and its contents met with the most cordial reception and universal approbation. In short, the company agreed unanimously, that it was the best porter they had ever tasted.

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Benjamin Franklin calls the convention "une assemblée des notables."

Online Library of Liberty Transcription (from Farrand): Philadelphia, May 18, 1787. I received your very kind letter of February 27th, together with the cask of porter you have been so good as to send me. We have here at present what the French call une assemblée des notables a convention composed of some of the principal people from the several States of our confederation. They did me the honor of dining with me last Wednesday,3 when the cask was broached, and its contents met with the most cordial reception and universal approbation. In short, the company agreed unanimously, that it was the best porter they had ever tasted.

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