Welcome to Quill

Quill is a platform for the study of negotiated texts. We focus especially on the creation of constitutions, treaties, and legislation. It is a project based at Pembroke College, Oxford.

The Quill platform presents a recreation of the original context within which decisions were made. Quill provides a variety of innovative tools for readers and editors, as well as links to material hosted on other platforms.

The flagship work hosted here is a presentation of the records of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 that wrote the Constitution of the United States. A variety of other projects are planned or in progress.

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Featured: Constitutional Convention 1787
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Featured: Parchment: The Quill Platform Weblog  •  James Wilson's Papers: Considerations on the Legislative Authority of the British Parliament
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Featured: The Creation of the Electoral College

Constitutional Convention 1787

The Constitution of the United States of America was written by a Constitutional Convention held in the summer of 1787. Between May and September, a group of delegates from most states met in secret to negotiate a text that was then presented to the states of the Union.

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