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BURT FRANKLIN; RESEARCH AND SOURCE WORKS SERIES 109

(AMERICAN CLASSICS IN HISTORY AND SOCIAL SCIENCE 13)

DEBATES

ON THL

ADOPTION OF THE FEDERAL CONSTITUTION.

THE

DEBATES

IN THE SEVERAL

STATE CONVENTIONS

ON THE ADOPTION OF THL

FEDERAL CONSTITUTION

AS RECOMMENDED BY THE

GENERAL CONVENTION AT PHILADELPHIA

17 87

TOGETHER WITH THL

JOURNAL OF THE FEDERAL CONVENTION

LUTHER MARTIN'S LETTER

YATES'S MINUTES

CONGRESSIONAL OPINIONS

VIRGINIA AND KENTUCKY RESOLUTIONS OF '98-99

AND

OTHER ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE CONSTITUTION

IN FIVE VOLUMES

VOL. I

SECOND EDITION, WITH CONSIDERABLE ADDITIONS

COLLECTED AND REVISED FROM CONTEMPORARY PUBLICATIONS

BY JONATHAN ELLIOT

BURT FRANKLIN; RESEARCH AND SOURCE WORKS SERIES 109

(AMERICAN CLASSICS IN HISTORY AND SOCIAL SCIENCE 13)

BURT FRANKLIN

NEW YORK

PUBLISHED BY BURT FRANKLIN 235 EAST 44TH ST. NEW YORK, N. Y. 10017

FROM THE EDITION OF

1888

PRINTED IN U.S.A.

PREFACE

TO THE FIRST EDITION.

The following volumes furnish a collection of the Debates and Proceedings which took place in the different states, on the adoption of the Federal Constitution, as submitted by the General Convention, on the 17th of September, 1787. In the compilation, care has been taken to search into contemporary publications, in order to make the work as perfect as possible. Still, however, the Editor is sensible, from the daily experience of the newspaper reports of the present time, that the sentiments they contain may, in some instances, have been inaccurately taken down, and, in others, probably, too faintly sketched, fully to gratify the inquisitive politician; but they nevertheless disclose the opinions of many of the most distinguished revolutionary patriots and statesmen, in relation to the powers intended to be granted to the Congress of the United States under the Constitution, and certainly may form an excellent guide in expounding many doubtful points in that instrument. In forming a History of the Constitution, the materials they furnish must be also considered of the greatest importance. The lights, ton, which they throw on the character and the men of those extraordinary times, will always give them a sufficient interest, in the eyes of an intelligent community, to confer a peculiar value on their publication, rescued from the ephemeral prints of that day, and now, for the first time, presented in a uniforin and durable form.

In another point of view, these Debates must be acceptable, at the present moment. In the recent Congresses, 2

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