Contains Important Early Commentaries on the U.S. Constitution Wilson, James. The Works of the Honourable James Wilson, L.L.D. Published under the Direction of Bird Wilson, Esquire. Originally published: Philadelphia: Lorenzo Press, 1804. Three volumes. Frontispiece. xvi, 468; vi, 498; iv, 440 pp. Reprinted 2005 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781584774051. ISBN-10: 1584774053. Hardcover, cloth bound. New. $250. * Reprint of the rare first edition. Wilson [1742-1798] was one of the most influential delegates to the Federal Constitutional Convention and one of the six founding fathers who signed both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. He was also the principal author of the Pennsylvania Constitution, a professor of law and an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Works are comprised mostly of lectures delivered in 1790-1791 at the College of Philadelphia. They cover several aspects of public and private law, such as the common law, general principles of the law of nations and the law of nature, the U.S. Constitution, crime, obligations and property. The texts of several important speeches given at the Federal Convention and his rousing oration celebrating Pennsylvania's adoption of the Constitution on July 4, 1788 are also included. Many of these pieces are important early commentaries on the Constitution.
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