Title: Journal of the Constitutional Convention, of...
Publisher: St. Paul: Earle S. Goodrich State Printer, Pioneer and Democrat Office, 1857
Publication Date: 1857
Binding: Soft cover
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
209 p. Appendixes include the Enabling Act; Legislative Act Providing for the Expenses of the Constitutional Convention; the Constitution of the State of Minnesota, an Amendment to the Constitution, approved March 9, 1858; Vote upon Constitution, with tallies by county, and the volume also has an Analytical Index to the Constitution of Minnesota. H.H. Sibley, later a governor of the state, was elected president pro tem. This is the journal of the Democrats' Constitutional Convention. Theodore C. Blegen, author of Minnesota: A History of the State (University of Minnesota Press, 1963), explained "., Minnesota had two constitutional conventions [one Democrat, the other Republican], both functioning at the same time in the same building." The two never met as a single body, but eventually the two official, signed, constitutions were produced and still exist separately. However, a joint committee worked out a compromise that still serves the state, with some amendments agreed to by the populace. Original buckram [?] cover with pasted label, very good with a few light spots, small dent in upper edge of back cover, three very tiny worm or moth holes at back spine. The first 64 pages are browning, but not brittle; the remaining pages are very, very good. There are two spots and some light foxing at endpapers. An inscription is clearly written but a little hard to decipher, but it may have said , "Mr Wilford J. Whitefield from [or to?] his daughter Mrs. John H. Law," with additions indicating that the volume was presented to the Minnesota Historical Society, with the penciled date 12 Oct. 35. The seller offering this book purchased it some years ago as part of a large lot for which MHS took bids from booksellers. Not listed in Library of Congress catalog. Bookseller Inventory # 6577TM
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