Secret Proceedings and Debates of the Convention Assembled at Philadelphia in the year 1787 by Robert Yates
for the purpose of forming the United States of America / from the notes taken by the late Robert Yates, esq., chief justice of New-York, and copied by John Lansing, jun., esq., late chancellor of that state, members of that Convention. Including “The Genuine information” laid before the Legislature of Maryland by Luther Martin, esq., then attorney-general of that state and a member of the same Convention; also other historical documents relative to the federal compact of the North American union.
First Edition 1821
Publisher: Webster and Skinners
Other Authors: Martin, Luther, 1748-1826., Lansing, John, 1754-1829.,
Constitutions > United States.
Notes “From the notes taken by the late Robert Yates, and copied by John Lansing, Jr., including ‘The genuine information,’ laid before the Legislature of Maryland, by Luther Martin ; also other historical documents relative to the Federal compact of the North American Union.”
Notes of the Secret Debates of the Federal Convention of 1787, Taken by the Late Hon Robert Yates, Chief Justice of the State of New York, and One of the Delegates from That State to the Said Convention
Notes of the Secret Debates of the Federal Convention of 1787, Taken by the Late Honorbale Robert Yates, Chief Justice of the State of New York, and One of the Delegates from That State to the Said Convention.
About Justice Robert Yates
Yates, Robert (1738-1801) Politician, Judge: Robert Yates was born in Schenectady, New York, on January 27, 1738. After studying law, he set up a practice in Albany, New York, and was known as a competent, though not quite brilliant lawyer. An enthusiastic patriot, he served in the Committee of Safety. In 1777, he was a justice of the New York State Supreme Court, and was Chief Justice of that court in the 1790s. After the Revolutionary War, he joined his friend, George Clinton, in promoting states’ rights. An Anti-Federalist at the 1787 Constitutional Convention, he fought against Hamilton within the New York delegation, and left the convention before the adjournment, refusing to sign the finalized Constitution. Once the US Constitution was ratified, however, he accepted defeat; and drifted away from his Anti-Federalist ally, Clinton. He ran for Governor of New York twice: once to Clinton (1789) , and once to John Jay (1795). Yates died on September 9, 1801, in Albany, New York. His notes on the Constitutional Convention were kept and published 20 years after his death.
Please review the photos to determine the condition of the book. It has been rebound and was in the Library at the University of South Carolina. It was deposed of sometime in 1960. Upon review of the book, We could find no stray marks or highlighting etc. There is a name inscribed on one of the pages possibly Ben Henry. The book shows indentation where the print press printed the pages. There appears to be spot damage throughout the book or water damage of some sort.
There are very few copies with this date of 1821. Yates kept his notes of the constitutional convention and never released them as they were supposed to be secret. The story goes that upon his death, his wife kept them and allowed them t be published 20 years after his death.
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