A bill for establishing religious freedom : printed for the consideration of the people
- A bill for establishing religious freedom : printed for the consideration of the people
- Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826
- Former owner:
- Patton, Benjamin
- Virginia. General Assembly. House of Delegates
Boston Public Library
Rare Books Department
- Collection (local):
Special Collections, Rare Books
- 1 sheet ( p.) ; 29 x 20 cm.
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[Williamsburg, Va.] :
- Notes (citation):
English short title catalogue, W19034
Evans, C. American bibliography, 19350
Sabin, J. Dictionary of books relating to America from its discovery to the present time, 100041
The earliest known printing of a bill drafted by Thomas Jefferson in 1777. The bill was submitted to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1779 and eventually passed by the General Assembly in 1786. Jefferson's original manuscript draft is lost. This broadside, the sole surviving copy of which is held by the Boston Public Library, was printed privately in 1779.
Date and place of imprint from Boyd, Julian P., ed. The papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 2, p. 545.
First reprinted in: Report of the Committee of Revisors appointed by the General Assembly of Virginia in MDCCLXXVI. (Richmond: Dixon & Holt, 1784) pp. 58-59; subsequently published in amended form, as adopted by the Virginia legislature, in: Acts passed at a General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia. (Richmond: Dunlap & Hayes, 1786), pp. 26-27.
- Notes (object):
Boston Public Library (Rare Books Department) copy autographed on the verso by Benjamin Patton, with a partial inscription of address containing the names "Wallace" and "Patton." The sheet is backed in modern tissue and housed in a blue portfolio.
- Call #:
RARE BKS H.90a.84 FOLIO