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

James Wilson's Second Draft of the Constitution (handwritten)

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“This draft, like the Randolph draft, contains marginalia in the hand of John Rutledge. Some of the Rutledge alterations are merely stylistic, but many involve matters of substance. For that reason, it seems most likely that these changes were introduced at a Committee meeting, with Rutledge in the chair” (Ewald, "The Committee of Detail," 259). Corresponds to Document IX in Farrand's sequence.

Link to Online Library of Liberty transcription (from Farrand): http://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/1786#Farrand_0544-02_957

Link to Historical Society of Pennsylvania's digital library below.

We've dated this document to 4 August, 1787 based on William Ewald's judgment that “Wilson’s text of Document IX is essentially the draft of the Constitution presented by the Committee to the Convention on Monday, August 6” (Ewald, Committee, 278).

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“This draft, like the Randolph draft, contains marginalia in the hand of John Rutledge. Some of the Rutledge alterations are merely stylistic, but many involve matters of substance. For that reason, it seems most likely that these changes were introduced at a Committee meeting, with Rutledge in the chair” (Ewald, "The Committee of Detail," 259). Corresponds to Document IX in Farrand's sequence.

Link to Online Library of Liberty transcription (from Farrand): http://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/1786#Farrand_0544-02_957

Link to Historical Society of Pennsylvania's digital library below.

We've dated this document to 4 August, 1787 based on William Ewald's judgment that “Wilson’s text of Document IX is essentially the draft of the Constitution presented by the Committee to the Convention on Monday, August 6” (Ewald, Committee, 278).

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