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Letter from Samuel Johnston to James Iredell
Johnston, Samuel, 1733-1816
Volume 10, Page 1032

I must confess our prospects are at this time, very gloomy. Our people are about forming a constitution. From what I can at present collect of their plan, it will be impossible for me take any part in the execution of it. Numbers have started in the race of popularity, and condescend to the usual means of success.