Handwritten letter from Joseph Barrell to John Langdon (June 15th, 1778) -- Joseph Barrell (1793-1804), was a prominent Boston area merchant, fur-trader and owned the first ship to circumnavigate the globe. This letter has great content about the making of the United States Constitution -- This is an autographed letter to Langdon signed Jos Barrell, concerning the acquiring of copies of various state constitutions - - - Boston 25th June 1778 Dr Sir, Your favor of 22d came last evening, since 10th June been diligent in inquiring after the Constitutions you desired. I ve been fortunate eno (enough) to borrow of a friend that for States of New York wh (which I ve sent to port, after you have done with it you l return it, I have the promise of the other from a Genl who will look it up this day, if he does you shall have it but should I fail bt applying to Sam Freeman at Carco-You can be supply d- It is of importance that good Constitutions be formed. I ve given s Cursory reading to that proposed by the Essex (?) Convention. I think their method of choosing a general court the best I ve heard of, the post just going. Oblige me to conclude - - I am sir yo most hbl ser Jos Barrell P. S. The Pamphlet in the Male Docketed on reverse Joseph Barrel s letter 25 June 1778 Answered - 1page approx. (7 ¼ x 12), some toning and signs of wear, heavy horizontal crease fold with a small tear in the center, otherwise Good condition.
John Langdon (1741-1819) was a delegate to Continental Congress from New Hampshire, 1775-76, 1787; served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; President of New Hampshire, 1785-86; 1788-89; member, U. S. Constitutional Convention, 1787; U. S. Senator from New Hampshire, 1789-1801; Governor of New Hampshire, 1805-09, 1810-12 - - - New Hampshire was the first state to establish a government wholly independent of Great Britain. On Jan. 5, 1776, they adopted a constitution that provided for a government by a President and a General Court consisting of a House of Representatives and a Senate. This government was designed to be temporary, but was in place until June 2, 1784, when another constitution was adopted. This one was amended in 1792, with no further changes made until 1852