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About the Ratification Index

About the Indexes to the Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution

In the letterpress edition of the Documentary History, each volume is indexed separately in both the Constitutional Documents and Records volume and the Commentaries on the Constitution series. For Ratification of the Constitution by the States, one index is provided for each state. When states cover more than one printed volume (Massachusetts, Virginia), a single cumulative index appears in the final volume. Conversely, there are four separate indexes within volume 3, which covers Delaware, New Jersey, Georgia, and Connecticut. The indexes in this Rotunda edition follow this arragement; no attempt has been made to consolidate indexes that are separate in the letterpress volumes.

The New York volumes in Ratification of the Constitution by the States are still in progress, hence no index is yet available for them.

Following are the original headnotes to each separate index.


Volume 1: Constitutional Documents and Records, 1776–1787

Note: The sub-entries “Convention proposals” and “Convention proposals rejected” in this index refer only to the proposals in the Constitutional Convention embodied in the formal resolutions and drafts printed in this volume, not to the many proposals recorded in the notes of the debates in the Convention.

Volume 2: Ratification of the Constitution by the States
Pennsylvania

Note: Users of this index are reminded that more material relating to many of the entries is to be found in the microform supplement to this volume and in Commentaries on the Constitution: Public and Private.

Volume 3: Ratification of the Constitution by the States
Delaware, New Jersey, Georgia, and Connecticut

Each state in this volume is indexed separately.

The place of residence is given in parentheses immediately after the names of individuals in the indexes. Inhabitants of Delaware, New Jersey, and Georgia are identified by county of residence; those of Connecticut by town of residence. Nonresidents of a state are identified by state or country of residence.

Users of these indexes are reminded that additional material relating to many of the entries is to be found in the microform supplements to this volume and in Commentaries on the Constitution: Public and Private.

Volume 7: Ratification of the Constitution by the States
Massachusetts

This cumulative index covers Volumes IV–VII of The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution. Because these four Massachusetts volumes are paginated continuously, volume numbers do not appear in this index. Volume IV consists of pages i–lxxx, 1–474; Volume V, 475–1105; Volume VI, 1106–1514; and Volume VII, 1515–1825.

The names of residents of Massachusetts in this index are followed by the town of residence placed in parentheses. (“Maine” follows the town name both in the identification of individuals and in the separate entries for each town.) In addition to the place of residence, delegates to the Massachusetts Convention are identified as voting in favor of ratification (Y) or as opposing ratification (N) on the vote that took place on 6 February 1788, The delegates who were absent on that date are indicated by an “A.” Nonresidents of Massachusetts are identified by either their state or country of residence.

To aid the reader, compilations of similar items have been grouped under a common main entry. Such compilations are listed below. In addition to the grouping under Pseudonyms, pseudonymous items printed in these four volumes are indexed individually. The author’s name (when known) is placed in parentheses after the pseudonym. Some entries in this index are so unusual that they deserve to be highlighted. The reader should be particularly aware of these entries which are listed below.

Compilations Unusual Entries
Biblical References Character of U.S.
Broadsides, Pamphlets, and Books Economic Conditions under the Confederation
Celebrations Expenses of Government
Classical Antiquity Foreign Opinion of the U.S.
Governments, Ancient and Modern God
Newspapers Government, Debate over Nature of
Political and Legal Writers and Writings Great Men and the Constitution
Petitions Happiness
Printers and Booksellers History
Pseudonyms Human Nature
Public Opinion on Constitution Interest Groups
Ratification, Prospects for Large States vs. Small States
  Literary References
  Party Spirit
  Poetry
  Political Conditions under Articles of Confederation
  Rich vs. Poor
  Sell-Interest
  Union
  Virtue

Volume 10: Ratification of the Constitution by the States
Virginia

This cumulative index covers Volumes VIII–X of The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution. Because these three Virginia volumes are paginated continuously, volume numbers do not appear in this index. Volume VIII consists of pages i–lviii, 1–558; Volume IX, 559–1176; and Volume X, 1177–1794.

The names of Virginians in this index are followed by the county of residence placed in parentheses. Occasionally, two counties are listed for those individuals who lived in one county, but represented another in the Virginia Convention. In addition to the place of residence, delegates to the Virginia Convention are identified as voting in favor of ratification (Y) or as opposing ratification (N) on the vote that took place on 25 June 1788. The two delegates who were absent on that date are indicated by an “A.” Nonresidents of Virginia are identified by either their state or country of residence.

To aid the reader, compilations of similar items have been grouped under a common main entry. Such compilations are included below. In addition to the grouping under Pseudonyms, pseudonymous items printed in these three volumes are indexed individually. The author’s name is placed in parentheses after the Pseudonym. Some entries in this index are so unusual that they deserve to be highlighted. The reader should be particularly aware of these entries which are listed below.

Compilations Unusual Entries
Biblical References
Broadsides, Pamphlets, and Books
Celebrations
Classical Antiquity
Governments, Ancient and Modern
Newspapers
Political and Legal Writers and Writings
Petitions
Printers and Booksellers
Pseudonyms
Public Opinion on Constitution
Ratification, Prospects for
Virginia, Regions of
Virginia Towns and Cities
Economic Conditions under the Confederation
Expenses of Government
Foreign Opinion of the U.S.
God
Government, Debate over Nature of
Great Men and the Constitution
Happiness
History
Human Nature
Interest Groups
Large States vs. Small States
Metaphors
Party Spirit
Political Conditions under Articles of Confederation
Rich vs. Poor
Union
Virtue

Volume 13: Commentaries on the Constitution (1)
21 February – 7 November 1787

An asterisk denotes a signer of the Constitution. Bold numbers refer to the report of the Constitutional Convention. Several main entries are compilations of similar items: Biblical References; Broadsides, Pamphlets, and Books; Classical Antiquity; Governments, Ancient and Modern; Newspapers; Political and Legal Writers and Writings; Printers and Booksellers; and Pseudonyms. The pseudonymous items printed in this volume are also indexed separately. When known, the author’s name is placed in parentheses after the pseudonym.

Volume 14: Commentaries on the Constitution (2)
8 November – 17 December 1787

An asterisk denotes a signer of the Constitution. Several main entries are compilations of similar items: Biblical References; Broadsides, Pamphlets, and Books; Classical Antiquity; Governments, Ancient and Modern; Newspapers; Political and Legal Writers and Writings; Printers and Booksellers; and Pseudonyms. The pseudonymous items printed in this volume and in Volume 1 of Commentaries on the Constitution are also indexed separately. When a pseudonym has been identified, the name of the author has been placed in parentheses. Biographical information in Volume 1 of Commentaries is indicated by a volume and page reference placed in parentheses immediately after the name of the person. Sketches of newspapers printed in Volume 1 of Commentaries have been placed in parentheses immediately following the name of the newspaper.

Volume 15: Commentaries on the Constitution (3)
18 December 1787 – 31 January 1788

An asterisk denotes a signer of the Constitution. Several main entries are compilations of similar items; Biblical References; Broadsides, Pamphlets, and Books; Classical Antiquity; Governments, Ancient and Modern; Newspapers; Political and Legal Writers and Writings; Printers and Booksellers; and Pseudonyms. The pseudonymous items printed in this volume and in earlier volumes of Commentaries on the Constitution are also indexed separately. When a pseudonym has been identified, the name of the author has been placed in parentheses. Biographical information in earlier volumes of Commentaries is indicated by a volume and page reference placed in parentheses immediately after the name of the person. Sketches of newspapers printed in Volume 1 of Commentaries have been placed in parentheses immediately following the name of the newspaper.

Volume 16: Commentaries on the Constitution (4)
1 February – 31 March 1788

An asterisk denotes a signer of the Constitution. Several main entries are compilations of similar items: Biblical References; Broadsides, Pamphlets, and Books; Classical Antiquity; Governments, Ancient and Modern; Newspapers; Political and Legal Writers and Writings; Printers and Booksellers; and Pseudonyms. The pseudonymous items printed in this volume and in earlier volumes of Commentaries on the Constitution are also indexed separately. When a pseudonym has been identified, the name of the author has been placed in parentheses. Biographical information in earlier volumes of Commentaries is indicated by a volume and page reference placed in parentheses immediately after the name of the person. Sketches of newspapers printed in Volume 1 of Commentaries have been placed in parentheses immediately following the name of the newspaper.

Volume 17: Commentaries on the Constitution (5)
1 April – 9 May 1788

An asterisk denotes a signer of the Constitution. Several main entries are compilations of similar items: Biblical References; Broadsides, Pamphlets, and Books; Classical Antiquity; Governments, Ancient and Modern; Newspapers; Political and Legal Writers and Writings; Printers and Booksellers; and Pseudonyms. The pseudonymous items printed in this volume and in earlier volumes of Commentaries on the Constitution are also indexed separately. When a pseudonym has been identified, the name of the author has been placed in parentheses. Biographical information in earlier volumes of Commentaries is indicated by a volume and page reference placed in parentheses immediately after the name of the person. Sketches of newspapers printed in Volume 1 of Commentaries have been placed in parentheses immediately following the name of the newspaper.

Volume 18: Commentaries on the Constitution (6)
9 May – 13 September 1788

An asterisk denotes a signer of the Constitution. Several main entries are compilations of similar items: Biblical References; Broadsides, Pamphlets, and Books; Classical Antiquity; Governments, Ancient and Modern; Newspapers; Political and Legal Writers and Writings; Printers and Booksellers; and Pseudonyms. The pseudonymous items printed in this volume and in earlier volumes of Commentaries on the Constitution are also indexed separately. When a pseudonym has been identified, the name of the author has been placed in parentheses. Biographical information in earlier volumes of Commentaries is indicated by a volume and page reference placed in parentheses immediately after the name of the person. Sketches of newspapers printed in Volume 1 of Commentaries have been placed in parentheses immediately following the name of the newspaper.