1788.026: Some Observations on the Constitution (A).

Published: 1788

Full Title: Observations upon the proposed plan of federal government. With an attempt to answer some of the principal objections that have been made to it. By a native of Virginia.

Author: Native of Virginia.

Place Issued: Petersburg

Issuing Press: Hunter & Prentis

Description: 66 pgs.; 21 cm. (8vo).


One of the two editions of this work issued in 1788; this variant is the only surviving copy with a title page, and so has a readily identified issuing press and location. Authorship is disputed. Evans and Wyatt (Petersburg Imprints) attribute the work to James Monroe apparently based on the manuscript credit "By Colo. James Monroe" entered under the caption title in the second variant (1788.026). However this variant, also consulted by Evans, carries a differing manuscript credit "By Burwell Starke" on its title page; moreover, the Rare Book Division of Library of Congress notes receiving a letter from a "bibliographer at the University of South Carolina" reporting that the author of this variant was Col. Daniel Fisher of Greenville County. Hence this Index follows the lead of the Virginia Historical Society, who employs the non-specific attribution to "A Native of Virginia," as in title; their copy was originally bound in the pamphlet collection of St. George Tucker (1752-1827).

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