Unofficial Predecessor to Folwell's Laws [United States]. [Congress]. Acts Passed at the First Session of the Congress of the United States of America, Begun and Held at the City of New-York, On Wednesday the Fourth of March, in the Year M,DCC, LXXXIX. And of the Independence of the United States, the Thirteenth. Volume I. Philadelphia: Printed by E. Oswald, 1793. 375, , 45 pp. Includes acts of the second and third sessions, each preceded by divisional title pages. [And] Acts Passed at the First Session of the Second Congress of the United States of America: Begun and Held in the City of Philadelphia, On Monday the Twenty-Fourth of October, In the Year M, DCC, XCI. And of the Independence of the United States, The Sixteenth. Volume II. Philadelphia: Printed by E. Oswald, 1793. 380,  pp. Includes acts of second session, preceded by divisional title page, and a section of treaties, the first with a drop-head title. Octavo (7-3/4" x 4-3/4"). Contemporary sheep, blind fillets to boards, lettering pieces, blind fillets and black-stamped volume numbers to spines. Moderate rubbing and scuffing to boards, lighter rubbing to spines and extremities, corners bumped and somewhat worn, small chip to spine head of Volume II, front hinge of Volume I starting. Moderate toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, light foxing to some leaves in Volume II, early owner signature of "Ben Hazard" to head of title pages. A very attractive and well preserved set. $2,000. * Only edition. Complete set. With indexes and the text of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. This is one of the unofficial compilations that preceded by government-authorized Folwell edition of 1796-1796. Among other achievements, the first two congresses passed the acts that established the war, postal and treasury departments, the judicial circuits, authorized the census, passed the copyright law and created the states of Kentucky, Tennessee and Vermont. Other interesting legislation concerns the Whiskey Rebellion, Indian affairs and federal and local legal jurisdictions. "Ben Hazard" may be Benjamin Hazard [1774-1841], a Rhode Island attorney, legislator and member of the Hartford Convention. Not in Babbitt. Evans, American Bibliography 27825-6.
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