This last stretch, from August 7th to September 10th will be an endurance test. The summer dragged on and so did most of the delegates. Long hours in Convention plus committee work for many delegates six days a week, combined to produce a punishing routine. Through it all, Mr. Madison managed to keep daily notes, though admittedly more terse than before the recess. Most delegates had heavy personal and State business responsibilities that went neglected. The nations business suffered as well since fourteen of the Convention members were also delegates to the Confederate Congress. In contrast to the first half of the Convention, there will be heavy committee work as the delegates continued to hash out the details. When a contentious issue threatened to stall progress, a committee would take it up as the Convention moved on. In this way, in the smaller committee setting, seemingly unrelated issues like taxes and slavery could be addressed and solutions found amenable to all, or nearly all interests.