David Brearley to Jonathon Dayton
July 27, 1787
Yesterday we completed the great Principles, which we have been so long considering, and Committed them to five Gentlemen to put into proper form and detail. — The Committee are, Mr. Gorham, Mr. Ellsworth, Mr. Wilson, Mr. Randolph, and Mr. Rutledge. We have adjourned to Monday the sixth day of August, at which time it is expected that the Committee will be ready to report. The most exact punctuality has been enjoined the members in meeting at the day and hour to which they are adjourned; and every one appeared so sensible of the propriety of this measure, that there is not a doubt of its strictly complied withy. Mr. Paterson expects that you will attend at the tie, as he is under the necessity of being absent. We (the members of Jersy) purpose returning to this place on the Saturday previous to the day of meeting, in order to prevent any delay on our part. If you come on in the Stage on Saturday, I shall join you at Witts and take a seat with you to Philadelphia.