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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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Antifederalist. The Federalist pamphlet, written by "A Native of Vir-
ginia" and printed by Miles Hunter and William Prentis of the Pe-
tersburg Virginia Gazette, was entitled Observations Upon the Proposed
Plan of Federal Government. With an Attempt to Answer Some of the Prin-
cipal Objections that Have Been Made to It (Evans 21264). This sixty-six
page pamphlet, whose authorship is unknown, was advertised for sale
in April. In late May an unsigned Antifederalist pamphlet of twenty-
four pages, written by James Monroe, was struck off under the title
Some Observations on the Constitution ... (Evans 21263) probably by Tim-
othy Green of Fredericksburg. Addressed to his constituents, this pam-
phlet was never distributed because Monroe was dissatisfied with the
typesetting, his own "performance," and the printer's long delay in
making the impression.
Convention Sources
The sources for the Virginia Convention are voluminous. The Vir-
ginia State Library has the following manuscript material: (1) poll lists
for a few counties; (2) certificates of election for the Convention's
delegates; (3) the journal of the Convention; (4) the attendance book
of the Convention; (5) the reports of the Committee of Privileges of
the Convention on disputed Convention elections; (6) the petition of
Thomas Stith protesting his defeat for election to the Convention from
Brunswick County; (7) the state auditor's journal respecting the ex-
penses of the Convention; and (8) the retained form of ratification.
Virginia's newspapers printed scattered returns of the Convention elec-
tions that supplement the election certificates, and the form of rati-
fication forwarded to Congress is in the National Archives, Washing-
ton, D.C.
In 1788 the journal of the Convention was printed by Augustine
Davis under the title Journal of the Convention of Virginia ... (Evans
21555). This journal was reprinted in 1827.
In 1788 Miles Hunter and William Prentis of Petersburg published
the first volume of Debates and Other Proceedings of the Convention of
Virginia ... (Evans 21551). The Debates were based on shorthand notes
taken by David Robertson. The second and third volumes were printed
by Prentis in 1789 (Evans 22225). In 1805 Ritchie & Worsley and
Augustine Davis published a second edition (in one volume) which
contains corrections by Robertson. Between 1827 and 1830, Jonathan
Elliot published, in four volumes, The Debates, Resolutions, and other
Proceedings, in Convention, on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution....
The debates for the Virginia Convention comprise the second volume.
Elliot's Debates has gone through many editions.
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NOTE ON SOURCES


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