Draft of the Federal Constitution, Report of Committee of Style

On 8 Sept. the Convention chose William Samuel Johnson, Alexander Hamilton, Gouverneur Morris, James Madison, and Rufus King “to revise the stile of and arrange the articles which had been agreed to by the House (Madison’s Notes in Farrand, Records of the Federal Convention, 2:553). On 12 Sept. Johnson, “from the Committee of revision,” reported “the Constitution as revised and arranged”; it was “ordered that the Members be furnished with printed copies thereof” (Madison’s Notes, ibid., 582). For the next three days the Convention went through the document, and GW entered each of the deletions, additions, or other changes that the Convention adopted between 5 and 12 Sept., all of which appear in the Constitution.

This document is part of a series; more information can be found on the “George Washington and the Making of the Constitution” page.¬†Original manuscript images of Washington’s copy of the Constitution can be found at the Library of Congress.

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