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Jensen, Merrill; Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J. (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Pennsylvania
(1976)

Editorial procedures,   pp. 14-18


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EDITORIAL PROCEDURES
speakers are set in italics. When a member is referred to in a general
manner, the name is inserted in the proper place in brackets (i.e., "the
member from Fayette [John Smilie] said").
We have included in the House and Senate proceedings only those
actions relating to ratification. But it should be remembered that
the legislatures which called state conventions also carried on their
regular business during the same sessions, and usually spent far more
time on such business than they. did on ratification.
Convention Proceedings
The nature of the sources for the proceedings of state conventions
varies from state to state, and sometimes from day to day within a state.
In this Documentary History the proceedings of a convention, with
some exceptions, are printed in the following order:
(1) Official convention journals.
(2) Accounts of convention debates by reporters.
(3) Notes of debates and proceedings by convention members (ar-
ranged alphabetically).
(4) Public and private commentaries on a day's proceedings.
In printing the convention journals and debates, the editorial pro-
cedures used in printing legislative journals and debates are followed,
with some exceptions arising from the nature of the sources.
Cross-references
(1) Each volume of The Documentary History of the Ratification
of the Constitution is divided into sections indicated by Roman numer-
als and subsections indicated by capital letters. Cross-references to
documents within a single volume are indicated by the Roman numeral
and the capital letter. For example: "II:B above," "III:C below," etc.
(2) Cross-references to documents in the first volume of The Docu-
mentary History, subtitled Constitutional Documents and Records,
1776-1787, are indicated by "CDR" followed by the relevant Roman
numeral and capital letter. For example: "CDR:II, C."
(3) Cross-references to volumes in The Documentary History, sub-
titled Ratification of the Constitution by the States, are indicated by
"RCS" followed by the abbreviation of the name of the state. For
example: "RCS: Pa."
(4) Cross-references to documents in the microform supplements to
Ratification of the Constitution by the States are indicated by "Mfm"
followed by the abbreviation for the name of the state and the number
of the document. For example: "Mfm:Pa. 36."
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