1789.012: Acts of Congress (1st Congress, 1st Session).

Published: 1789

Full Title: Acts passed at a Congress of the United States of America, begun and held at the city of New-York, on Wednesday the fourth of March, in the year M,DCC,LXXXIX, and of the independence of the United States, the thirteenth. Being the acts passed at the first session of the First Congress of the United States, to wit, New-Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New-York, New-Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, South-Carolina, and Georgia; which eleven states respectively ratified the Constitution of government for the United States, proposed by the Federal convention, held in Philadelphia, on the seventeenth of September, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven.

Author: United States. First Congress.

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Augustine Davis

Description: 80 pgs.; 33 cm. (fol.).


Session met from March 4 to September 29, 1789. Text includes "correct copy of the Constitution of the United States," as Congress ordered, as well as copy of the amendments proposed in Congress during this session that later became the Bill of Rights; the Library of Virginia suggests that this title contains the first printing of the Bill of Rights "in the South" (i.e. south of Philadelphia). In June 1789, the Council of State designated Davis as printer of federal documents for the use of the various entities of state government; the Assembly reaffirmed the Council's power to make such assignments in December 1789 and ordered 2000 copies of the acts be printed and distributed as were the Assembly's laws then; Davis remained in that role through 1791.

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