MASSACHUSETTS CONSTITUTION. State of Massachusetts-Bay, In the House of Representatives, May 5, 1777. [Boston: Benjamin Edes, 1777.]
Lot 214
MASSACHUSETTS CONSTITUTION.
State of Massachusetts-Bay, In the House of Representatives, May 5, 1777. [Boston: Benjamin Edes, 1777.]
US$ 2,000 - 3,000
£ 1,500 - 2,300

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MASSACHUSETTS CONSTITUTION.
State of Massachusetts-Bay, In the House of Representatives, May 5, 1777. [Boston: Benjamin Edes, 1777.]
Printed broadside, 304 x 190 mm. Signed in type by J. Warren and John Avery as Speaker of the House and Deputy Secretary. Browned, loss to upper right corner, repair to one margin on verso.

"That the happiness of mankind depends very much on the Form and Constitution of government they live under, and that the only object and design of Government should be the good of the People...." The Massachusetts House of Representatives issued this broadside, calling on the people of Massachusetts "to send Members to the General Assembly, that ... they make choice of men, in whose integrity and abilities they can place the greatest confidence...." It would be two years before the Massachusetts constitution was drafted at a Constitutional Convention called in 1779, which was approved by voters in June, 1780. John Adams authored most of the document, insisting on the use of the word "Commonwealth" to describe the state, and giving precedence to a declaration of the rights of citizens. It became the model for the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights, and remains to this day the world's oldest complete constitution in continuous effect. Evans 15433; Ford Broadsides 2087.
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