Introducing a Fateful Compromise: A Debate on Property, and the Revised Virginia Plan

Source: Gordon Lloyd, ed., Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 by James Madison, a…

Letter to Alexander Hamilton

From Alexander Hamilton to James Madison Poughkepsie Saturday [19 July 1788] I thank you My Dear…

Letter to James Madison

From Alexander Hamilton to James Madison Poughkepsie Saturday [19 July 1788] I thank you My Dear…

New Hampshire Calls for State Convention

FRIDAY Met according to adjournment. Present as yesterday.  A Resolve, that the proceeding of the…

The New York Convention Debates and Proceedings

Convention Proceedings. FRIDAY, 10 o’Clock, A. M. The Convention met pursuant to adjournment, and resolved itself…

Rhode Island Rejects Call for a State Ratifying Convention

Motion in the Assembly to Call a State Convention The following is a copy of…

Virginia Meets to Elect Delegates

Dates of Election for the Virginia Convention (* Results Contested) Monday, 3 March Northumberland Tuesday, 18…

New York Calls for a State Ratifying Convention

Senate Proceedings, Friday, 1 February 1788 A message from the Honorable the Assembly, by Mr.…

New York Calls for a Ratification Convention

Assembly Proceedings, Thursday, 31 January 1788 (excerpt) The House resolved itself into a committee of…

Georgia Deed of Ratification

Convention Proceedings, Monday, 31 December [Twenty-six members present.] On motion of Christopher Hillary, seconded by…

Massachusetts Elects 355 Delegates

Dates of Election for Massachusetts Convention Delegates (* See Notes Following Table) Monday, 19 November…

Samuel Adams and the Constitution

Extract of a letter from a gentleman in Salem, to his friend in this town,…

Anti-Cincinnatus

Mr. Printer, An antifederal piece, in No. 66, purporting to be an answer to Mr.…

Letter to Benjamin Franklin

Some occurrences having taken place since the meeting of our Legislature, of such a nature…

Brutus on Mason’s Objections

To the Printers of the Virginia Journal and Alexandria  Advertiser. Gentlemen, At this important crisis…

Sidney Essay No. 1

“I Aim at reformation, not satire; as I mean no invidious reflections, but only to…

To the Citizens of the United States

The following sheets contain the information given by me to the legislature of Maryland, when…

Letter To Rufus King

I am sorry to inform you that our Convention adjourned yesterday (to meet again in…

Letter from James M. Varnum, of Rhode Island, to the President of the Convention, enclosing the subjoined Communication, from certain Citizens of Rhode Island, to the Federal Convention

Note. — The following letter from Rhode Island to the Convention was intended to have…

Letter from Certain Citizens of Rhode Island to the Federal Convention

Providence, May 11, 1787. Gentlemen,— Since the legislature of this state have finally declined sending delegates to…

Letter to Congress Recommending the Constitution

In Convention Monday September 17th. 1787 Present The States of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Mr.…

Preamble to the Bill Proposing Amendments to the Constitution of the United States

Congress OF THE United States begun and held at the City of New York, on…

Proceedings of the Meeting at Harrisburg, in Pennsylvania

Agreeably to a circular letter which originated in the county of Cumberland, inviting to a…

New Hampshire Bill of Rights

I. All men are born equally free and independent; therefore, all government of right originates…

British Government

THE boasted equilibrium of this government, (so far as it is a reality) is maintained…

Who Are the Best Keepers of the People’s Liberties

Republican. — The people themselves. The sacred trust can be no where so safe as…

Speech Delivered at the Virginia Convention Debate of the Ratification of the Constitution

Mr. HENRY: I have thought, and still think, that a full investigation of the actual…

George Mason’s Account of Certain Proceedings in Convention

The constn as agreed to till a fortnight before the convention rose was such a…

Anecdote 1

When the Convention first opened at Philadelphia, there were a number of propositions brought forward…

Character Sketches of Delegates to the Federal Convention

From New Hampshire. Jno. Langdon Esqr. and Nichs. Gilman Esquire. Mr. Langdon is a Man…

The State Soldier Essay V

To the GOOD PEOPLE of Virginia, on the new FEDERAL CONSTITUTION, by an old STATE…

The State Soldier Essay III

To the GOOD PEOPLE of Virginia, on the new FEDERAL CONSTITUTION, by an old STATE…

Draft Constitution for Virginia

A bill for new-modelling the form of government and for establishing the fundamental principles thereof…

Gerry and Mason Proposal

Gerry and Mason propose a Committee to draft  a Bill of Rights, 12 September 1787Mr.…

Committee of Style Report

Committee of Style Report, Article I, Section 8 and Article 1 Sections 9 and 10,…

Pinckney Proposals

Propositions introduced by Charles Pinckney,20 August 1787Mr. PINKNEY(footnote7) 7 submitted to the House, in order…

Return to Starting Point: New Jersey Plan

Source: Gordon Lloyd, ed., Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 by James Madison, a…

Pennsylvania Declaration of Rights and Constitution

Source: The Essential Bill of Rights, ed. Gordon Lloyd and Margie Lloyd, (Lanham, MD: University…

New Jersey Constitution

Source: The Essential Bill of Rights, ed. Gordon Lloyd and Margie Lloyd, (Lanham, MD: University…

North Carolina Delegates to Governor Richard Caswell

In the Course of four Months Severe and painful application and anxiety, the Convention have…

The Report of the Constitutional Convention, 17 September

ARTICLE I. Sect. 1. ALL legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress…

The Constitutional Convention, A Second General Convention, and A Bill of Rights

Wednesday, 12 September Mr. [Hugh] Williamson, observed to the House that no provision was yet…

Z Philadelphia Freeman’s Journal

21. Z, Philadelphia Freeman’s Journal, 16 May It seems to be generally felt and acknowledged,…

The Ninth Pillar

NINTH and the SUFFICIENT PILLAR. We felicitate our readers on the accession to confederation of…

President John Sullivan on the Constitution Portsmouth

It is with real pleasure that we can announce the sentiments of his Excellency, President…

John Jay and the Constitution

A correspondent says, "his Excellency John Jay, (a gentleman of the first rate abilities, joined…

A Landholder III

To the Holders and Tillers of Land. GENTLEMEN, When we rushed to arms for preventing…

North Carolina Delagates to Governor Richard Caswell

In the Course of four Months Severe and painful application and anxiety, the Convention have…

Constitutional Convention

In Convention Mr. William Blount from N. Carolina took his seat. 1st. propos: of the…

Virginia Ratifying Convention

Source: The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution…
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