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    September 1787 Columbian Magazine: First Magazine Printing of the U. S. Constitution. (Philadelphia, PA) dated September, 1787, 5" x 7.75". This monthly American news magazine contains a complete (7 pages of text) printing of the newly passed US CONSTITUTION. This is considered to be the first news magazine printing of the US CONSTITUTION.

    This is considered to be the first periodical printing of the United States Constitution, probably issued within a week of its release as a broadside. The Constitutional Convention ratified its final draft on Monday, Sept. 17, 1787. The following day, Sept. 18, the broadside version, issued for members of the Convention, was printed by Dunlap and Claypoole, the official printers. On Sept. 19 the same printers issued the first public printing of the Constitution in their newspaper, THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET. The Columbian Magazine dated September, 1787 was probably printed late in the week, and the final signature, containing the Constitution and recent news, was probably printed on Saturday, Sept. 22. This is the last internal date, on the last page, and actually refers to an event that took place on the 17th as "Monday last." This issue would seem to have been out and in general circulation by Monday the 24th, one week after the end of the Convention. Its version of the Constitution was executed, most likely, on the 22nd, four days after the official broadside and three days after the first public, newspaper, appearance. This issue also contains the text of John Quincy Adams's Harvard commencement address (he finished second in a class of fifty-one), which was given in Cambridge on July 18, 1787. It is his first published writing. The COLUMBIAN MAGAZINE and Mathew Carey's AMERICAN MUSEUM were the two major periodicals then being issued in Philadelphia, or for that matter the country, at the time. Since the magazine probably had wider circulation than the newspapers issued in Philadelphia, it is likely that this printing was one of the chief means of disseminating the Constitution immediately after its first publication. An exceptionally early and important printing of the Constitution

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