MINUTES OF THE CONVENTION OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA WHICH COMMENCED AT PHILADELPHIA, ON TUESDAY THE TWENTY-FOURTH DAY OF NOVEMBER...FOR THE PURPOSE OF REVIEWING, AND IF THEY SEE OCCASION, ALTERING AND AMENDING, THE CONSTITUTION OF THIS STATE. [issued with:] MINUTES OF THE SECOND SESSION OF THE CONVENTION OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA.... [bound with:] MINUTES OF THE GRAND COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE CONVENTION OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA...
Philadelphia: Printed by Zachariah Poulson..., 1790. 222,101pp. Contemporary calf, gilt, neatly rebacked with original label laid down, new rear endpaper. A few small leather fills on front cover, corners worn. Minor dampstain on titlepage and a handful of other leaves, light foxing, stab holes near gutter from previous stitching. Overall very good. The complete minutes of the 1789 convention to revise the 1776 Pennsylvania constitution. The new constitution was ratified in 1790. Often considered a conservative reaction against the excesses of democracy incorporated into the earlier 1776 constitution, the revised document created a bi-cameral legislature and vested strong executive power in the governor. With this constitution Pennsylvania went from the most egalitarian state government to the most reactionary. The proceedings of the convention were printed in three parts in folio, and Evans provides each with a separate entry, though the first two are paginated continuously. EVANS 22764, 22765, 22766. ESTC W36272, W36271. SABIN 60018.
(Inventory #: WRCAM49265A)
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