The First Public Printing from the Pennsylvania Packet

This September 19, 1787, issue of the Pennsylvania Packet printed by Dunlap and Claypoole, is widely recognized as the first public printing of the report of the Constitution Convention. Four other Philadelphia newspapers also printed the Constitution on September 19, but the Packet used some of the same type set for the convention’s official broadside printed two days earlier. Only 25 copies of the September 19 Pennsylvania Packet have been located, almost all in libraries and historical societies.