1796.001: Assembly Resolutions for Amendments to U.S Constitution.

Published: 1796

Full Title: In the house of delegates, Saturday, December 12, 1795. The house, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the state of the Commonwealth … Resolved … the following amendments to the constitution, viz. …

Author: Virginia. General Assembly.

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Augustine Davis

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; (broadside).


Copy held by the New York Public Library (and filmed by the Early American Imprints Series) is signed in manuscript: "1795 Dec. 15th agreed to by the Senate: H. Brooke C.S. Agreed to by the House of Delegates. Test John Stewart C.H.D. (A copy) John Stewart. Attest." Resolutions propose four amendments to the federal constitution: first, requiring approval of the House of Representatives for any foreign treaty infringing Congress's legislative power; second, creating a tribunal separate from the Senate for impeachment trials; third, reducing Senate terms to three years so that one-third of that body stands for election every year; and fourth, prohibiting federal court judges from holding other public offices or appointments. Sheet lacks printer credit; printing such resolutions was a responsibility of the public printer, then Augustine Davis, hence the attribution here.

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