RHODE ISLAND RATIFIES THE U.S. CONSTITUTION, THE BILL OF RIGHTS AND OTHER AMENDMENTS
U.S. CONSTITUTION AND BILL OF RIGHTS RATIFIED BY RHODE ISLAND, HISTORIC NEWSPAPER, FULL FRONT PAGE ARTICLE, THE BOSTON GAZETTE, 1790, 4 PAGES,
MARCH 29, 1790
THE BOSTON GAZETTE AND THE COUNTRY JOURNAL, MARCH 29, 1790
The entire front page and one-third of the second page covers all the details of the Rhode Island Convention which ratified the United States Constitution, the 13th and final state to do so. It then proceeds with "The following are Copies of the Bill of Rights and Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, as agreed to by the Convention of this State."
The U. S. Constitution was signed September 17, 1787 and when New Hampshire became the 9th state to ratify, June 21, 1788, it was agreed that government under the U. S. Constitution would begin on March 4, 1789. One of the many points of contention between Federalists and Anti-Federalists was the Constitutions lack of a Bill of Rights that would place specific limits on government power. James Madison went through the Constitution itself and was going to make changes where he thought most appropriate but several others objected that congress had no authority to change the wording of the Constitution itself. Therefore, Madison's changes were presented as a list of Amendments that would follow Article VII.
The House approved 17 Amendments. Of these 17, the Senate approved 12. Those 12 were sent to the states for approval in August of 1789. Of those 12, 10 were quickly approve (or, ratified). Virginia's legislature became the last to ratify the Amendments on December 15, 1791.
Rhode Island ratified the Constitution May 29, 1790, and was the thirteenth state, and last, to do so. Rhode Island's ratification message is lengthy, listing a Bill of Rights and listing several proposed Amendments. Most of the Amendments were not original, having been suggested in prior ratification documents.
THERE ARE ALSO SEVERAL ARTICLES MENTIONING THE FRENCH REVOLUTION THAT STARTED IN MAY OF THE PREVIOUS YEAR. IN ONE ARTICLE THAT THE MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE RECEIVED INFORMATION OF A NEW CONSPIRACY TO CORRUPT 30,000 OF THE PARIS GUARD TO SEIZE THE GOVERNMENT OF PARIS, KILL THE MAYOR, THE MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE, AND OTHER DISTINGUISHED PATRIOTS. IN ANOTHER ARTICLE WE READ ABOUT HOW A PLOT TO BLOW UP THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY.
On page two there are several articles mentioning the French Revolution that started in May of the previous year. One article mentions that the Marquis de Lafayette received information of a new conspiracy to corrupt 30,000 of the Paris guard to seize the government of Paris, kill the Mayor, the Marquis de LaFayette, and other distinguished patriots. In another article we read about how a plot to blow up the National Assembly was discovered and some of the those involved being sought.
Four pages,never trimmed margins, usual age staining and foxing, some separation on vertical fold, nice woodblock print in masthead. An extremely rare historic newspaper that covers in great detail, on the front page, the ratification of the United States Constitution and the ratification of the Constitutions Bill of Rights. Also covered are some of the early plots of the French Revolution.
$2000 #1021l (Please also see the many other good content historic newspaper we have in stock)
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