[Massachusetts]. Journal of Debates and Proceedings in the Convention of Delegates, Chosen to Revise the Constitution of Massachusetts, Begun and Holden at Boston, November 15, 1820, And Continued by Adjournment to January 9, 1821. Reported for the Boston Daily Advertiser. New Edition, Revised and Corrected. Boston: Published at the Office of the Daily Advertiser, 1853. vii, , 677 pp. Octavo (5-3/4" x 9"). Original textured cloth with decorative blind stamping, gilt title to spine. Chip to head of spine, light wear to foot of spine and corners, internally fresh. Ex-library. Bookplate to front pastedown. A nice copy. $75. * Drafted primarily by John Adams and enacted in 1780, the Massachusetts Constitution is the oldest written constitution that is still in use. The convention held in 1820-21 resulted in amendments that dramatically expanded white male suffrage. The convention held in 1853 proposed a series of changes that dramatically altered the constitution. All were rejected. Babbitt, Hand-List of Legislative Sessions and Session Laws 244.
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