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Jensen, Merrill; Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J. (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Pennsylvania
2 (1976)

The ratification of the Constitution by Pennsylvania,   pp. [29]-[52]


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Note on Sources
Pennsylvania Legislative Records
The official sources for Pennsylvania legislative history consist of
the Minutes of the Supreme Executive Council and the Journals of
the General Assembly. The rough and smooth manuscript minutes
of the Council for 1787 and 1788 are located in the Division of Public
Records of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and
have been published in the Minutes of the Supreme Executive Coun-
cil of Pennsylvania, From its Organization to the Termination of the
Revolution (Vols. XI-XVI of [Colonial Records], Harrisburg, Pa.,
1852-1853), XV.
The manuscript Journals of the Assembly for the same period are
not extant. However, the Journals were published at the end of each
session. The Journals relating to the calling of the state Convention
are in the Minutes Of The Third Session Of The Eleventh General
Assembly Of The Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania... (Philadelphia,
[1787]), and Minutes Of The First Session Of The Twelfth General
Assembly Of The Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania . . . (Philadelphia,
1787). The Journals relating to the petition campaign requesting the
Assembly to reject the ratification of the Constitution by the Con-
vention are in Minutes Of The Second Session Of The Twelfth
General Assembly Of The Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania      .
(Philadelphia, [1788]).
Pennsylvania is unique among the states in that there are reports
of Assembly debates during this period. Thomas Lloyd took notes
of the debates in the four sessions between 4 September 1787 and 4
October 1788 and published them as Proceedings and Debates of the
General Assembly of Pennsylvania (4 vols., Philadelphia, 1787-1788).
The first and second volumes contain the debates in September and
November 1787 over the calling of the state Convention. Another
version is in the Pennsylvania Herald, whose editor, Alexander J.
Dallas, published his notes of the Assembly debates from time to time.
Personal Papers and Records
The number of letters and other documents of Pennsylvania political
leaders and observers is small compared to some other states, but there
are several important collections. The papers of John Nicholson, in
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