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    John Geddes Constitutional Amendment Letter Signed "John Geddes" as Governor of South Carolina, one page, 7.75" x 9.75". Charleston, September 13, 1819. With integral leaf addressed in another hand to "His Excellency/The Governor/of Pennsylvania" (William Findlay). Postmarked "Chalsn. SC Sep 23." A printed letter signed in ink by the South Carolina Governor. In full, "I have the honor to forward you herewith the Resolution of the House of Representatives of this State, on the recommendation of the State of North-Carolina, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, to establish a uniform mode of Electing Electors of President and Vice-President, which has been rejected by that body." Beneath which is the printed proceedings taken from the Journals of the House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina, Columbia, December 2nd and 3rd, 1818. In part:"The Committee of the whole to whom was referred the Report of the Judiciary Committee, recommending the adoption of the amendment of the Constitution of the United States, proposed by the State of North-Carolina, report, That they have had the same under consideration; and report that it is inexpedient to request our Senators and Representatives in Congress to endeavor to obtain the said amendment to the Constitution of the United States. And on the question to agree to the said Report, the Yeas and Nays were required, and are as follows, Yeas 82 - Nays 29. The question being decided in the affirmative, consequently the Report of the Committee of the whole was agreed to." Lengthy docket on address leaf in unknown hand: "From/His Excellency/The Governor of/the State of South Carolina/enclosg. a resolution of the/House of Representatives/of that State Proposing/an amendment to the/Constitution of the United/States./2 copies made out for the Legislature." John Geddes (1777-1828) was Governor of South Carolina from 1818-1820. Creased at left edge. Lightly soiled, tears at edge of address leaf. Overall, in fine condition.

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