1816.134: Protest of the Minority of the Staunton Convention (A).

Published: 1816

Full Title: Protest, of the minority of the Staunton Convention. The undersigned members ... protest against the call of an unlimited convention ...

Author: Minority of the Staunton Convention.

Place Issued: Staunton

Issuing Press: Isaac Collett

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 29 cm. x 23 cm. (broadside).


Title was formal dissent of six members of a meeting of delegates from thirty-five western Virginia counties at Staunton August 19-24, 1816; these delegates objected to the call for a convention that could dispose of Virginia's 1776 constitution entirely, asking instead for a limited convention to draft amendments only for that constitution. This protest was received by the Assembly on November 18th, when they ordered Thomas Ritchie, the public printer, to produce an additional 250 copies for their use (1816.153) Sheet lacks colophon; the convention secretary, Erasmus Stribling (1784-1858), was ordered to have 500 copies of this protest printed for distribution throughout Virginia; 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 almost certainly issued from his press, so the attribution here.

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