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Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J.; Leffler, Richard; Schoenleber, Charles H.; Carlson, Marybeth (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Virginia (1)
8 (1988)

Note on sources,   pp. xl-xlvii


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NOTE ON SOURCES
1893). The Council Journals are printed in H.R. McIlwaine et al., eds.,
journals of the Council of the State of Virginia (5 vols., Richmond, 1931-
1982).
Personal Papers
Many private letters and other documents are extant for the debate
over the ratification of the Constitution in Virginia. The quantity is
matched only by the documentation for the states of Massachusetts
and New York. Both Federalists and Antifederalists are well repre-
sented, although the material for the former is greater. Private letter
writers represented many professions and occupations, such as judges,
legislators, members of Congress, Confederation and state officehold-
ers, justices of the peace and other local officials, diplomats, Consti-
tutional Convention delegates, state Convention delegates, lawyers,
farmers, planters, merchants, business agents, land speculators, private
secretaries, college presidents and students, clergymen, and physicians.
The most valuable collections of personal papers are located in the
Library of Congress. The primary collections are the papers of George
Washington, James Madison, and Thomas Jefferson. Both book and
microfilm editions of much of these papers have been published. In
particular, the incoming and outgoing correspondence of George
Washington is unparalleled. Other important sources are the papers
of the Breckinridge Family, Alexander Hamilton, Harry Innes, and
William Short, and the diary of William Heth.
Valuable letters have also been found in Virginia libraries. The Uni-
versity of Virginia has a collection of letters to James Breckinridge,
the papers of James Maury, and the Lee Family Papers. The Virginia
Historical Society owns the Mercer Papers, the Archibald Stuart Pa-
pers, and the papers of the Lee and the Minor families. It also has
St. George Tucker's collection of pamphlets, Volume 2 of which con-
tains seven pamphlets on the Constitution published in either Virginia
or Pennsylvania. Another valuable source is the collection of Hugh
Blair Grigsby-the historian of the Virginia Convention. These papers
are filled with Grigsby's correspondence from the middle of the nine-
teenth century as he sought out individuals who could provide him
with biographical material about members of the Convention. The
collection also includes the Fleming-Christian letters which consist of
Caleb Wallace's letters to William Fleming. The Virginia State Library
has the Francis Taylor Diary and the letters of Olney Winsor; while
the Earl Gregg Swem Library at the College of William and Mary
contains the Tucker-Coleman Papers.
Documents on Virginia's ratification have also been found in li-


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