Joseph Hawley letter to the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention

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Joseph Hawley letter to the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention
Collection

Joseph Hawley papers

Joseph Hawley writings

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1780-06-05
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 1360
Genres
Documents
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Notes
Funding: Digitization was made possible by a lead gift from The Polonsky Foundation.
Content: Joseph Hawley’s letter to the Constitutional Convention giving his personal views on flaws in the draft constitution, as submitted to printers Draper and Folsom for publication. The document is signed and dated 1780 June 5
Citation/reference: This document is published under the title “Joseph Hawley’s Protest to the Constitutional Convention of 1780” in Mary Catherine Clune’s Joseph Hawley’s Criticism of the Constitution of Massachusetts, Smith College Studies in History, vol. III, no. 1 (October 1917), p. 31-52. The published text is transcribed from several documents, reflecting Hawley’s practice of reusing paper. The transcription is taken from p. 1-3 (1755 September 10, Governor Phips’ commission of Israel Williams, Oliver Partridge and Joseph Hawley to administer oaths to officers) and p. 4-5 (quarto sheet) and p. 5-20 (folio sheets in another hand with his emendations). Pages 4-5 and 5-20 are separately foldered here. Pages 1-3 and 7-15, all in Hawley’s hand, are written on the backs of letters to Hawley and documents arranged chronologically in this collection as follows: p. 7-9 (1755 February 15, petition to Governor William Shirley); p. 10-12 (1772 March 1, Joseph Eaton letter); p. 13 (1779 October 25, Caleb Strong letter); and p. 14-15 with insertions (1760 December 31, John Merrett letter).
Type of Resource
Text
Languages
English
Identifiers
MSS Unit ID: 1360
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19428401
Archives EAD ID: 2031614
Barcode: 33433087858845
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 69b60d10-e6dc-0132-0e29-58d385a7b928
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  • 1780: Created
  • 2015: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

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Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. "Joseph Hawley letter to the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1780. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/564f5700-edec-0132-4f50-58d385a7b928

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Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. "Joseph Hawley letter to the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 13, 2019. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/564f5700-edec-0132-4f50-58d385a7b928

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Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. (1780). Joseph Hawley letter to the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention Retrieved from http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/564f5700-edec-0132-4f50-58d385a7b928

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Joseph Hawley letter to the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention