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James Madison's Notes of the Federal Convention of 1787

James Madison's Notes of the Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 is a record of the daily debates at the convention in Philadelphia, called to revise the Articles of Confederation, but resulted in the drafting of an entirely new constitution which was submitted to the States for ratification.

Madison's notes are of inestimable value because it is one of the few sources to reveal the debates amongst, and thoughts of, the delegates in attendance.

Madison, at the time, was a delegate from Virginia and, during the course of the debates, missed, insofar as we know, very little of the proceedings. As hen stated in the preface, ...It happened, also that I was not absent a single day, nor more than a cassual fraction of an hour in any day, so that I could not have lost a single speech, unless a very short one...

The source of the below commentaries is the book Documents Illustrative of the Formation of the Union of the American States, Edited by Charles C. Tansill, Government printing Office, 1927.

Madison's Notes on Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787


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