The Union Society, also known as the Political Society, generally met weekly to debate a wide variety of topics. The society was composed of many of the leading figures in lower parts of Virginia. On 17 November the Richmond Virginia Gazette and Independent Chronicle published a notice that several questions would be discussed by the Union Society at a meeting to be held on Wednesday evening, 21 November, beginning “precisely at six o’clock.” The questions to be considered were the “Fœderal Government lately recommended by the Convention,” and some agricultural matters.
No minutes exist for the Society’s meetings, but letters printed below indicate that the Society met on 21 and 28 November, and 5 and 13 December. Among those attending, Patrick Henry spoke against the Constitution; George Nicholas and probably John Harvie in support. On 13 December the Society voted in favor of the Constitution by a vote of 128 to 15.
- Samuel McCraw to James Breckinridge, Richmond, 28 November 1787 (excerpt) (pdf)
- Stephen Hollingsworth to Levi Hollingsworth, Richmond, 29 November 1787 (excerpt) (pdf)
- James Breckinridge to John Breckinridge, Richmond, 14 December 1787 (excerpt) (pdf)
- Tench Coxe to James Madison, Philadelphia,28 December 1787 (excerpt) (pdf)
- Pennsylvania Gazette, 2 January 1788 (pdf)
- Philadelphia Independent Gazetteer, 5 January 1788 (pdf)
- George Washington to James Madison, Mount Vernon, 7 December 1788 (excerpt) (pdf)
- George Washington to James Madison, Mount Vernon, 10 January 1788 (excerpt) (pdf)