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    [Constitution] 1788 Manuscript Notes from a Philadelphia Committee Meeting. 1ΒΌ pages, 7.5" x 9.25", plain paper, Philadelphia, October 1, 1788. A group of important early Pennsylvania patriots meet to deliberate on how to elect representatives to the new U.S. Congress and who to pick to elect the president and vice president. It reads, in full,

    "At a Meeting of a number of Gentlemen from the City & County of Philadelphia & from the Counties of Bucks, Chester, Lancaster, York, Cumberland, Berks, Northumberland, Montgomery, Dauphin & Huntingdon, convened for the Purpose of deliberating on the Mode of procuring Gentlemen to represent this State in the House of Representatives in the New Government, and to fix on proper Persons to elect the President and Vice President.

    Resolved, that Henry Wynkoop Esqr. be requested to take the Chair and that Mr. James Campbell act as Secretary.

    Resolved, that it is the Opinion of this Company that a Conference be held at the Borough of Lancaster on the first Monday in November next, in Order to fix on Tickets for the above Purpose.

    Resolved, that Samuel Miles, John Nixon, Benjamin Rush, Hilary Baker, Walter Stuart, Henry Kammerer, Francis Gurney, Richard Wells, Tench Coxe, William McClay, William Rawle, Henry Wynkoop, and George Latimer be a Committee for the Purpose of informing the several Counties in the State of the proposed Meeting and to request their Deputations to it.

    Resolved, that this Committee meet tomorrow Morning at 8.oClock, at the City Tavern for the Purpose aforesaid.
    "

    This important document certainly appears to be contemporary to the date noted. It is not signed, but very likely is in the hand of one of the important founding fathers named in the document (which reads like a "Who's Who" of early Pennsylvania politics). Many of the named individuals were in the delegation that ratified the U.S. Constitution just a few months earlier. Good condition with wear and separation at some of the folds, yet the writing is bold and legible. Worthy of detailed research.


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