2094
2094

PROPERTY OF A NEW YORK COLLECTOR

Edward Hand
AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, ("EDW HAND") TO JASPER YEATS, ON FRAMING A NEW CONSTITUTION FOR PENNSYLVANIA
Estimation
2 0003 000
ACCÉDER AU LOT
2094

PROPERTY OF A NEW YORK COLLECTOR

Edward Hand
AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, ("EDW HAND") TO JASPER YEATS, ON FRAMING A NEW CONSTITUTION FOR PENNSYLVANIA
Estimation
2 0003 000
ACCÉDER AU LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Fine Manuscript and Printed Americana

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New York

Edward Hand
AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, ("EDW HAND") TO JASPER YEATS, ON FRAMING A NEW CONSTITUTION FOR PENNSYLVANIA
2 pages, (8 1/8 x 6 3/4 in.; 207 x 172 mm) on a bifolium, Philadelphia, 4 February 1790, docketed on the integral address leaf: "Philad Feb 4 1790 | Edward Hand Esq"; Lightly browned, loss to corner of second leaf not affecting text, remnant of adhesive strip where previously mounted along verso of second leaf, slightly obscuring docket text. 
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Description

Edward Hand here apprises Pennsylvania political ally Jasper Yeats of recent developments at the state convention for framing a new constitution: "Some time ago I forwarded you the plan of the Legislative Branch, & now send those for the Executive & Judicial, as agreed on by the Committee of the whole". 

The new Pennsylvania Constitution was passed just two days following this letter, on 6 February 1790. Whereas the 1776 state constitution was characterized by a dominant, unicameral legislature, Pennsylvania Republicans (most of whom were Federalists in national politics) sought a bicameral legislature and a stronger executive on the model of both the Massachusetts constitution of 1780 and the U.S. Constitution.

Fine Manuscript and Printed Americana

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New York