A Printed Draft that Belonged to Virginia Delegate Edmund Randolph

The Committee of Detail submitted its manuscript draft constitution to the convention’s printers, John Dunlap and David C. Claypoole of the Pennsylvania Packet, a daily Philadelphia newspaper. The printers sent the Committee of Detail a proof copy, which Virginia delegate Edmund Randolph annotated with 11 corrections. This annotated proof copy is the only such report known to exist. The printers corrected their proof copy and printed enough copies of the report for all of the convention’s delegates. The Committee of Detail submitted its printed report to the re-assembled Constitutional Convention on August 6.