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As the debates and proceedings of the convention that framed the new constitution, were ordered to be published, not only for the information of the people of the State, who were to be called upon to vote upon the new organic law, but also to afford information to the bench and bar, in relation to the proper construction of the various provisions of the constitution, it will not be inappropriate to publish in connection therewith, those acts of Congress relative to the formation of the territorial and State governments of Iowa. They are put in the second volume of the Debates, in order that they may be contained in the same volume with the old and new constitutions, for more convenient reference.

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