1805.002: Report on Amendment proposed by Massachusetts (Senate).

Published: 1805

Full Title: [Report and resolutions of the house of delegates on the subject of the amendment proposed by the state of Massachusetts to the constitution of the United States].

Author: Virginia. General Assembly. Senate.

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Ritchie & Worsley

Description: Unrecorded


In September 1804, the Massachusetts General Court proposed an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would alter the means of apportioning representatives and taxes to the count of free persons only, eliminating the "Three-Fifths Compromise" which was seen in the North as giving disproportionate power to the slave-holding states, especially Virginia. The proposal was submitted to the Assembly by Governor John Page as part of his annual message (1804.064); it was committed to a special committee which submitted this report rejecting the proposal to the House of Delegates on January 8, 1805; referred to the Senate for its concurrence, Ritchie & Worsley, the Senate printers, were ordered to print 50 copies for the senators' use during their deliberations; this item is that variant of the report. A second version was ordered published for the public's information (1805.003) after the Senate agreed with the House to reject the Massachusetts proposal on January 26th.

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