December 31st, 1787
I'm sitting here, staring at the sun shining through the blinds here in my study. It's 7 A.M. and James is still lying in bed. So, I have this time to finally write to you, my dear friend. My heart is growing heavy as I ponder all of the political issues that are among us. One issue that was very pressing on my heart earlier in the year, was when we were at heads whether to go with the Virginia Plan or the New Jersey Plan. I’m not sure where you stand, but I’m in complete favor of the New Jersey Plan. The strongest reason I’m in support of this plan is because I fear the national government having too much control. Having the states remain the most powerful government will lead to a stronger United States. I can’t say that I’m completely unappeased to the Great Compromise. I actually feel like it was the best way we could handle two strongly apposed sides.
Another one of my biggest frustrations that are arising right now is the population count of the southern states. As you know, I feel very strongly against slavery. So, It’s irritating that they again only use the black population when it’s convenient. The south can’t treat them like humans, but they expect to have them counted as normal population despite the fact that they aren’t able to vote is ridiculous. If you don’t know, they decided to have a Three-Fifths Compromise. This plan is that all enslaved people would be counted, but the total would be multiplied by three fifths. I’m not thrilled about this plan, but it’s better than a full count.
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