The Delegate from New York: Or, Proceedings of the Federal Convention of 1787, from the Notes of John Lansing, Jr

The Delegate from New York: Or, Proceedings of the Federal Convention of 1787, from the Notes of John Lansing, Jr

The Delegate from New York: Or, Proceedings of the Federal Convention of 1787, from the Notes of John Lansing, Jr

The Delegate from New York: Or, Proceedings of the Federal Convention of 1787, from the Notes of John Lansing, Jr

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The editor of a newly discovered manuscript owes an especial debt of gratitude to the friends who made the discovery and publication possible. My wife, who first heard of the existence of Lansing's notes and suggested that I investigate them, is primarily responsible for bringing this record to light. The owners of the manuscript, Miss Clarisse Livingston and Mrs. Blake Lancaster, very generously permitted the publication of this important document and deserve the thanks of all students of American institutions. Miss Livingston also gave me some valuable information regarding Lansing's life and the history of the notes after his death, while Mrs. Lancaster supplied me with the Lansing family Bible so that I could compare the notes with other specimens of the Chancellor's handwriting.

The Princeton University Library kindly made photostats of the note-books for me. Professor E. S. Corwin of Princeton and Dr. Max Farrand, director of the Huntington Library, were good enough to look over my work in manuscript and to make some very helpful suggestions. Mr. E. Wilder Spaulding of the Department of State assisted me in trying to solve the problems connected with the publication of Yates' notes. Last of all, because he has been interested in the work from beginning to end, I must mention my colleague, Professor T. J. Wertenbaker, who en-

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