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COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS. BY HIS EXCELLENCY GOVERNOR JOHN BROOKS, GOVERNOR OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS. A PROCLAMATION. WHEREAS BY AN ACT OF THE LEGISLATURE OF THIS COMMONWEALTH, PASSED ON THE SIXTEENTH DAY OF JUNE LAST, ENTITLED "AN ACT RELATING TO THE CALLING OF A CONVENTION".[caption title].
Boston. Sept. 12, 1820. - Broadside, 15 x 9 1/2 inches. Old folds. Short closed tear in left margin along one fold, not affecting text. Docketed on verso in contemporary manuscript; contemporary autograph inscription in lower margin: "Copy attest Alden Bradford Sec[retary] of the Common[wealth]." Very good. Broadside proclamation by the governor of Massachusetts announcing the results of a statewide vote to decide whether or not to call for delegates to change the state constitution. This was the second state constitutional convention, after the first of 1780, which resulted in nine amendments to the foundational document. Maine had been granted statehood in March 1820, a few months prior, separating it from Massachusetts. Having voted in town meetings across the state, the people of Massachusetts voted 11,756 to 6,593 in favor of amending the constitution. The governor therefore called upon all qualified citizens to assemble "on the third Monday of October next.[to] elect one or more Delegates.to meet Delegates from other Towns, in Convention at the State House, in Boston, on the third Wednesday of November next, to take into consideration the propriety and expediency of making any (and if any what) alterations or amendments in the present Constitution of Government of the Commonwealth." The broadside is signed by Alden Bradford, Secretary of the Commonwealth. A nice piece of Massachusetts constitutional history.
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