Documentary History of the First Federal Congress, 1789-1791

Documentary History of the First Federal Congress, 1789-1791

Volume XVII, Correspondence, First Session, September-November 1789

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The series is cited in Books for College Libraries, 3d ed. Eight volumes of official records and six of debates have previously been published. This is the first of three volumes devoted to correspondence: letters to or from members, letters written by an individual that relate information not available from other sources, and newspaper items written by or to a member that present new information about the Congress or its members. Letters are presented in their entirety or they are excerpted for their relevant sections. Each document is annotated with information about source text and circumstances of its authorship. Arrangement is chronological. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Johns Hopkins University Press

Three new volumes in this acclaimed series present letters written by and to members of the First Federal Congress and communications from other informed individuals at the seat of government in New York City by 1789. The letters bring the official record to life by providing details about the political process through which Congress began to accomplish its daunting agenda by establishing the first federal revenue system, fleshing out the executive and judicial branches outlined in the Constitution, drafting the Bill of Rights, and beginning to tackle the divisive issue of locating the permanent federal capital. The documents supply a rich source of information about the members' opinions on issues, lives in New York and concerns about their distant families, and the services they provided for constituents, as well as constituent opinions about issues. They also make available for the first time in English the frank and insightful letters of the French minister on the subject of the new federal government.

Publisher: Baltimore ; London : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2004]
ISBN: 9780801881633
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 volume)
Additional Contributors: Bickford, Charlene Bangs


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