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DOCUMENTARY HISTORY

OF THE

CONSTITUTION

OF THE

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

1767-1870

DERIVED FROM THE RECORDS, MANUSCRIPTS, AND ROLLS DEPOSITED IN THE BUREAU OF ROLLS AND LIBRARY OF

THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE

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INTRODUCTORY NOTE.

The purpose indicated in the introductory note to Volume I of this work has been strictly adhered to in succeeding volumes, and notes by the Bureau are accordingly confined to such comment as the condition and circumstances of the original manuscript require.

One of the two copies of Madison's introduction to the Debates, deposited in the Department of State by Mrs. Madison, was withdrawn by the Library Committee of Congress under the act of January 28, 1839, for official publication. The remaining copy, preserved with the original manuscript, is given as it appears, and is but a fragment. A detached paragraph, out of place in the manuscript, is printed as a footnote at page 35 of the text.

Indented notes and footnotes, which appear respectively as in the original, are in Madison's handwriting, while marginal notes are editorial, except those reading at right angles with the text, which are original.

The text of Madison's writings is leaded; that of papers by other persons is solid. All the notes and papers are printed where they appear in the original manuscript, except the report of the committee on style and arrangement, at page 720.

Madison did not observe a uniform orthography in the

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names of delegates to the convention. The names are spelled in the index to this volume according to the signatures of delegates who signed the Constitution, and, where delegates did not sign, according to the spelling given in the credentials by virtue of which they acted, as printed in Volume I.

ANDREW HUSSEY ALLEN,

Chief of Bureau. BUREAU OF ROLLS AND LIBRARY,

Department of State, December, 1899.

CONTENTS.

PAGE,

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