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U.S. Constitution

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07866 Author/Creator: Place Written: Albany, New York Type: Broadsides Date: 17 September 1787 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Printed for the Federal Committee by Claxton & Babcock at the Federal Printing Office, No. 47 State St., Albany, New York. Possibly intended for the use of delegates to New York's ratification convention which convened at Van Kleck's tavern in Poughkeepsie, New York from June 17, 1788. The text of the Constitution is preceded by George Washington's letter, typically printed after the text of the Constitution. Washington's letter states, "the constitution which we now present, is the result of a spirit of amity," continuing, "that it may promote the lasting welfare of that country so dear to us all, and secure her freedom and happiness."


Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: US Constitution, Government and Civics, President, Ratification

Sub Era: Creating a New Government