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Rep. Benjamin Goodhue of Massachusetts to Michael Hodge, February 24, 1790

New York Feb.y 24. 90


Dear Sir

the motion for a discrimination was negatived by a great majority - the subject of assuming the State debts is now under discussion. I am in great hopes it will obtain, tho, it will be with great difficulty for it is pretty evident the House are is near equly divided, God grant it may take effect, for I concive, justice policy and every consideration which will advance the future prosperity of these United States, requires, that those debts incurr.d for the attainment of our Independence whether in the hands of State or Continental creditors should stand on the same footing and receive a supply from one common fountain.


B Goodhue    

W Hodge Esq.e

(Letter courtesy of the  Peabody Essex Museum)

digital transcription by David Orin Porter   
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