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UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION An edition of the New Haven-based newspaper, Connecticut Journal, February 13, 1788, 2pp. (recto and verso), tall folio with superb content. The front page is devoted primarily to various states' passage of the new Constitution, with special attention paid to Massachusetts' ratification, in part: "... With the highest satisfaction we announce to the public, that the Convention of this Commonwealth, yesterday afternoon, at five o'clock, ASSENTED TO, and RATIFIED the CONSTITUTION, proposed by the late Federal Convention. On this pleasing event, we beg leave to congratulate the public, and express our sincere wishes, that the general joy... may be an auspicious omen of the SUPERIOR advantages which will undoubtedly result from the establishment of such a Federal Government..." The Journal, clearly a Federalist publication, serves as an excellent historical example of the vociferous debate between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists-the paper has even published the statements of several prominent "Nay" voters. The Journal also published [on verso] a Virginia Slave Statute passed by the Virginia Legislature on January 8, 1788, in part: "Whereas several evil disposed persons have seduced or stolen the children of black and mulatto free persons... any person shall hereafter be guilty of stealing or selling any free person for a slave, knowing the said person so sold to be free, and thereof shall be lawfully convicted, the person so convicted shall suffer death without the benefit of clergy..." This 1788 statute illustrates a stark contrast to later Southern slave laws which did not recognize free blacks as clearly. Age toned, slight water stains and foxing, ragged left margin not affecting text, else very good.
Estimate $ 700-900

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