BILL OF RIGHTS. [HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.] Gazette of the United States. New York: John Fenno, August 29, 1789. No 40.
Lot 107
BILL OF RIGHTS.
[HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]
Gazette of the United States. New York: John Fenno, August 29, 1789. No 40.
US$ 6,000 - 10,000
£4,500 - 7,500

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BILL OF RIGHTS. [HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.] Gazette of the United States. New York: John Fenno, August 29, 1789. No 40.
BILL OF RIGHTS.
[HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.] Gazette of the United States. New York: John Fenno, August 29, 1789. No 40.
Bifolium (414 x 258 mm). Pale foxing, inconspicuous restoration to back fold.
Provenance: David D. Crane (ownership inscription partially trimmed).

DRAFT OF THE LONG BILL OF RIGHTS, WITH 17 ARTICLES AND ADDING THE SPECIFIC PHRASE "THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH," dated from the House of Representatives on Monday, August 24, 1789, and signed in type by John Beckley.
James Madison's first draft of proposed amendments to the Constitution was circulated earlier in the summer, it swelled in the House of Representatives to the present 17 before being pared down to 12 by the Senate and then 10 by the states' ratification. The House debates on Madison's draft which resulted in the present version added the all-important phrase "freedom of speech" and added what would become the 10th Amendment, reserving powers to the states.

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  • The estimate in the print catalog is incorrect. The estimate should read $6,000 to $10,000.
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