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EARLY REPORTS OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS AND WASHINGTON INAUGURATION (PENNSYLVANIA.) Bound volume of the Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser for 1789. 309 daily issues, each 4 pages (not published on Sundays and lacking 13-16 January, 11 April), and without any supplements. Folio, 19 x 12 inches, contemporary paper-backed boards, worn and lacking front board, occasional tears and foxing but condition generally strong; uncut. Philadelphia: John Dunlap and David Claypoole, 1 January to 31 December 1789
This nearly complete volume of the Pennsylvania Packet contains two early printings of the Bill of Rights. The 16 June issue prints the nine-amendment version which had been submitted by James Madison to Congress in New York--the first version of the Bill of Rights to make its way into print. The 6 October issue prints the 12-amendment bill as it was sent to the states for ratification. Other important events covered in this volume are "An Act to Incorporate the City of Philadelphia" (13 March), the first meeting of a quorum of the United States Congress (6 April), and George Washington's inauguration (4 May). The "Principles of Association of the Washington Society for the Relief of Free Negroes and Others Unlawfully Held in Bondage" was printed in the 7 March issue.
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