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26 July- 4 August, 1787: The Meeting of the Committee of Detail

James Wilson's Draft of the Constitution, Part II (handwritten)

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Included on pages 3-4 in the History Society of Pennsylvania's "United States Constitution first manuscript draft by James Wilson, 1787," which corresponds to Document V and VIII in Farrand's sequence. See resource collection on item 1663 for more detailed information.

Link to Online Liberty of Library transcription (from Farrand): http://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/1786#Farrand_0544-02_948

Link to Historical Society of Pennsylvania digital library below.

We’ve dated this document to 28 July, 1787 based on William Ewald’s judgment that it constitutes “a proper draft of a Constitution—the second after Randolph’s, and the first clearly produced by the Committee” (Ewald, Committee, 248).

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Included on pages 3-4 in the History Society of Pennsylvania's "United States Constitution first manuscript draft by James Wilson, 1787," which corresponds to Document V and VIII in Farrand's sequence. See resource collection on item 1663 for more detailed information.

Link to Online Liberty of Library transcription (from Farrand): http://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/1786#Farrand_0544-02_948

Link to Historical Society of Pennsylvania digital library below.

We’ve dated this document to 28 July, 1787 based on William Ewald’s judgment that it constitutes “a proper draft of a Constitution—the second after Randolph’s, and the first clearly produced by the Committee” (Ewald, Committee, 248).

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