Item #8474 PROCEEDINGS AND DEBATES OF THE VIRGINIA STATE CONVENTION, OF 1829-30. To Which Are Subjoined, the New Constitution of Virginia, and the Votes of the People. Virginia Convention.
PROCEEDINGS AND DEBATES OF THE VIRGINIA STATE CONVENTION, OF 1829-30. To Which Are Subjoined, the New Constitution of Virginia, and the Votes of the People

PROCEEDINGS AND DEBATES OF THE VIRGINIA STATE CONVENTION, OF 1829-30. To Which Are Subjoined, the New Constitution of Virginia, and the Votes of the People

Richmond: Samuel Shepherd & Co. for Ritchie and Cook, 1830. Full Leather. Very Good binding. Item #8474

Octavo. iv, 919, [1] pp. First edition. In original marbled calf with later spine label. Light rubbing to the extremities, but quite an attractive copy with only minor separation at the bottom of the front joint; front free endpaper has been excised; light to moderate foxing scattered throughout; early and very minor tideline to the to margin. This copy with early owner name of C. W. Gooch on the front pastedown and title page. We presume that this is Claiborne Watts Gooch (1791-1844), adjutant general of Virginia.

The revision of the Virginia Constitution was decades in coming; it was widely felt that the 1776 Constitution favored the eastern plantation owners in terms of representation in the state legislature since enslaved persons were counted as 3/5 in apportionment. This inequity was compounded by the limitations to suffrage. Virginia was the last of the states at this time to limit suffrage to property holders. This property requirement was relaxed in the 1830 Constitution to include a larger portion of the population, but was not dropped until 1851. This volume catalogs the nearly four months of debate over the new Virginia Constitution. The Convention was attended by a veritable who's who of Virginians--John Marshall, James Monroe, James Madison, John Tyler, Thomas Jefferson Randolph and more. American Imprints 5292.

Price: $250.00

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