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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)

I. The debate over the Constitution in Virginia, 3 September 1787-31 March 1788,   pp. 3-524


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I. DEBATE OVER CONSTITUTION
day's paper, had it not been deemed necessary to furnish their country
subscribers with it, who had not an opportunity of receiving the former."
On 26 September Augustine Davis announced in his Virginia In-
dependent Chronicle that "Our Customers are respectfully informed that, as
the ERederal Constitution was received too late to be published in this day's
Chronicle, it will be printed in a pamphlet, and handed to them on Thursday.-
Non-subscribers," Davis continued, "may then furnish themselves by apply-
ing at this office." On Wednesday, 3 October, Davis, who was also the
postmaster of Richmond, informed his readers that he had "Just Pub-
lished" the Constitution and that it would be sold at the Post Office
for a shilling per copy (Evans 20804). On 3 January this eleven-page
pamphlet was advertised in the Petersburg Virginia Gazette for seven
and a half pence.
On 27 September the Richmond Virginia Gazette and Weekly Adver-
tiser reprinted the Convention's report under the heading: "PHILA-
DELPHIA, Sept. 18. Yesterday afternoon the Honourable the Convention
of the United States closed their deliberations; of which the following is a
copy." This printing was probably made from the first Philadelphia
newspaper to publish the report, the no-longer-extant Evening Chron-
icle of 18 September (Leonard Rapport, "Newspaper Printings of the
Constitution: An Unresolved Mystery," Manuscripts, XXXIX [1987],
329-34).
The Virginia journal printed the Convention's report in three in-
stallments on 27 September, and on 4 and 11 October. George Rich-
ards and Company, the journal's printers, also struck off a three-page
broadside of the report (Evans 20820). Richards and Company did
not use their newspaper plates to set this broadside; it is a separate
and distinct printing. ("The Political Club" of Danville, Ky., used this
broadside during its debates on the Constitution between 23 February
and 17 May 1788, below.)
On 28 September John M'Lean printed the Convention's report in
a four-page "Supplement to the Norfolk and Portsmouth journal" (Evans
20813). On 4 and 11 October, the Virginia Herald published the Con-
vention's report in two installments. The Kentucky Gazette, the last Vir-
ginia newspaper to print the Convention's report, carried it in three
installments on 20 and 27 October, and on 3 November. The Gazette
took its copy from the Pittsburgh Gazette of 6 October.
On 16 October the Virginia House of Delegates ordered that 5,000
copies of the Convention's report be printed for distribution through-
out the state. John Dixon of Richmond, the state printer, published
the report as a sixteen-page pamphlet entitled Plan of the Federal Con-
stitution (Evans 20806). At the end of the Convention's report, Dixon
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