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Auction 188, Lot 218

First Washington Printing of the First Florida Constitution

"[Florida Constitution] Letter from the President of the Convention of Delegates of the People of Florida, Transmitting a Copy of the Constitution or Form of Government for the People of Florida…", U.S. Government

Subject: Document - Florida Constitution

Period: 1839 (published)

Publication: Sen. Doc. 241, 25th Congress, 3rd Session

Color: Black & White

5.8 x 8.9 inches
14.7 x 22.6 cm
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The population of Florida was only about 55,000 when a group of 56 delegates convened in the new Panhandle town of St. Joseph to form a state constitution in 1838. The constitution begins with a “Declaration of Rights” similar to the Bill of Rights. While much of the constitution parallels other state constitutions, one distinctive feature was the exclusion of bankers, duelists and clergyman from holding state office. St. Joseph existed as a town for only nine years, falling victim to a series of disasters, including a yellow fever epidemic, forest fire and hurricane. The original state constitution with the signatures of the delegates has not been located. This is the first Washington printing, preceded only by some copies printed in St. Joseph that are rare. Disbound, 19 pages. Printed by Blair & Rives.


Condition: A

There is a minor stain along the top sheet edges, otherwise fine.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $210

Closed on 6/22/2022