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Notes on Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787

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Letterpress copy (rebound in 4 volumes) of a transcript of James Madison's Notes on Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787, made in 1791 with Madison's approval by John Wayles Eppes of Virginia (1773-1823). Eppes was sent to Philadelphia in 1791 by his family to study and work under the guidance of Thomas Jefferson, his relative. James Madison (1751-1836), the fourth President of the United States, was a Virginia delegate at the Constitutional Convention and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1789. Debate notes, 1787 May 14-September 17, are incomplete. Notes are followed by two texts: "Copy of a paper communicated to J.M. by Colo. Hamilton about the close of the Convention in Philadelphia 1787: which he said delineated the Constitution which he would have wished to be proposed by the Convention. He had stated the principles of it in the course of the deliberations" (15 p.) and "Recommended by Mr. Randolph July 10th as an accommodating proposition to small States" (2 p.). The original transcript is held in the Edward Everett Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Madison, James, 1751-1836 (Creator)
Eppes, John Wayles, 1773-1823 (Transcriber)
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1791
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 23110
Madison, James, 1751-1836
United States. Constitutional Convention (1787)
Constitutional conventions -- United States
United States -- Politics and government -- 1783-1865
notes (documents)
Acquisition: Donated by John S. Kennedy, 1896 as part of the Emmet Collection.
Original location: Edward Everett Papers, Ms. N-1201; Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.
Physical Description
Letterpress copies
Extent: .84 linear foot (4 volumes)
Type of Resource
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20512397
MSS Unit ID: 23110
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): af9593a0-7d6c-0132-cf02-58d385a7b928
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