1798.062: Constitution of the United States.

Published: 1798

Full Title: The Constitution of the United States.

Author: United States.

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Jones & Dixon

Description: 1 sheet [2 pgs.]; 42 cm. (fol.).


Only copy known extant held by the Virginia Historical Society; the House ordered it printed on December 10, 1798, to facilitate debate in the Assembly over the Alien & Sedition Acts. Sheet lacks printer credit; a year-long assessment during 1798 of the practices of Augustine Davis as public printer led to his removal from office in December for failing to distribute an adequate number of public documents to satisfy the needs of western (largely Jeffersonian) counties; the Council of State replaced Davis on December 9th with one of their own, lawyer Meriwether Jones of Augusta County, who immediately engaged John Dixon Jr. as his print-trade-partner; the firm of Jones & Dixon held the post until May 1799, so the attribution here.

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