United States. 1st Cong., 3d sess., 1790-1791.
Congress of the United States: begun and held at the city of New-York, on
Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.
The conventions of a number of the states having at the time of their
adopting the Constitution expressed a desire ... that further declaratory
and restrictive clauses should be added ... Resolved ...that the following
articles be proposed to the legislatures of the several states, as
amendments to the Constitution ... [Philadelphia: Printed by Childs and
For imprint see R. P. Bristol, Supplement to Charles Evans' American
bibliography (1970), B8177.
Contains the texts of 12 proposed amendments, of which 10 were ratified
Dec. 15, 1791 as the "Bill of Rights," together with the texts of the
ratifications by the states, 1789-1791. 11p. 34cm.
On September 25, 1789, Congress proposed twelve articles to amend the
Constitution. On December 15, 1791, articles 3-12 were ratified by
Virginia, giving the three-fourths majority required. Articles 3-12 then
became the first ten amendments to the Constitution, known as the Bill of
Rights. On March 1, 1792, Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State, sent the
first printing of the amendments to governors of the states to provide the
with the official text. (The amendments had been published previously as
proposals.) This declaration of the rights of man has influenced other
documents such as the French constitution of 1946 and the United Nations
Charter. Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Georgia did not ratify the Bill
of Rights until 1939.