George Washington letter to be auctioned in NYC

AP News
Posted: Dec 01, 2009 2:45 PM

A letter in which George Washington makes an impassioned argument for the ratification of the newly drafted Constitution will be auctioned in New York. Its pre-sale estimate is $1.5 million to $2.5 million.

The letter, written in 1787 to his nephew, Bushrod Washington, will be offered Friday.

Christie's said the nephew's English descendants have owned the letter for more than 100 years.

In it, Washington said the Constitution was not "free from imperfections." But he said, "The power under the Constitution will always be with the people." He said its adoption by the states comes down to one question _ "is it best for the States to unite, or not to unite?"