Amendments to the Massachusetts Constitution: A Presentation Copy from Joseph Story [Massachusetts]. [Constitution]. [Story, Joseph (1779-1845)]. Amendments of the Constitution of Massachusetts, Proposed by the Convention of Delegates, Assembled at Boston, On the Third Wednesday of November, A.D. Eighteen Hundred and Twenty. With their Address to the People of this Commonwealth. Boston: Published by Order of the Convention, 1821. [iii], 4-32 pp. Octavo (10-1/4" x 6"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in self-wrappers, untrimmed edges. Moderate toning, minor edgewear to a few leaves, light foxing and presentation inscription to title page, final leaf signed by Convention Secretary Benjamin Pollard. $1,850. * First edition. Presented to the Essex Historical Society, this copy is inscribed "from Hon Judge Story." The great Supreme Court justice was member of the convention to amend to Massachusetts Constitution. Mel A. Topf in wrote about Story's importance at the Convention: "Story brought his prestige and leadership, together with his considerable political and legal skills, to what was for him and his allies at the convention the overriding mission: to save the Massachusetts frame of government from the democratizing forces (or from radicalism, the term Story used) that were threatening the Republic itself. It would be difficult to overemphasize the centrality of this mission to Story's theory of the judiciary. Story, along with Daniel Webster and others, led the conservative faction toward its goal of creating an alliance to protect the Massachusetts constitution from democratic extremes of the radicals, whose program was the convention's main agenda." An excellent association connecting Joseph Story to a critical event in his judicial career in Massachusetts. Topf, A Doubtful and Perilous Experiment: Advisory Opinions, State Constitutions, and Judicial Supremacy 32-33. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 3144.
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