1816.135: Journal of the Proceedings of the Staunton Convention.

Published: 1816

Full Title: Journal of the proceedings of a convention, begun and held in Staunton, the 19th day of August in the year 1816.

Author: Virginia. Staunton Convention of 1816.

Place Issued: Staunton

Issuing Press: Isaac Collett

Description: 16 pgs.; 23 cm. (8vo).


The Staunton Convention was a meeting of delegates from 35 western Virginia counties held August 19-24, 1816; the convention was called to draft resolutions asking that the Assembly empanel a constitutional convention to address inequities in representation and taxation embodied in Virginia's 1776 constitution; the resulting memorial led to minor changes in statute law at the November 1816 Assembly, but the substantial constitutional alterations sought were stymied until such a constitutional convention was called for winter 1829-30. Title lacks imprint; the convention secretary, Erasmus Stribling (1784-1858), was ordered to have 500 copies of the journal printed for distribution throughout the state; he was also provided funds donated by the residents of Staunton to pay for the convention's contingent expenses, of which printing was one; as the only press then operating in Staunton was that of Isaac Collett, this utem almost certainly issued from his press, so the attribution here.

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