1805.003: Report on Amendment proposed by Massachusetts (Public).

Published: 1805

Full Title: The committee to whom was referred so much of the Governor's letter as relates to the communication of the Governor of Massachusetts covering an amendment proposed ... to the Constitution of the United States ...

Author: Virginia. General Assembly.

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Samuel Pleasants

Description: 1 sheet; (broadside).


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, 50 copies were printed for the senators' use during their deliberations (1805.002). Following the Senate's agreement with the House on January 26th to reject the Massachusetts proposal, a second variant was published for the public's information; this item is that variant of the report. Sheet lacks colophon; printing such items was the responsibility of the public printer, then Samuel Pleasants, so the attribution here.

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