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This foot note contained in document ADMS-06-08-02-0161-0002
140. On Thursday afternoon, 28 Oct., the convention ordered the printing of the Declaration of Rights, whose fifteen-page text was distributed the following morning. The printer, without altering this first section, then continued setting type for the rest of the Report, and on Monday morning, 1 Nov., the entire fifty-page pamphlet was distributed to convention members. This list of “errors” on the last page of the Report includes alterations made by the convention in the Preamble and in Arts. I and II of the Declaration of Rights. The last-named change occurred on Saturday morning, 30 Oct. Thus the printer set the type for the “Errata” late on Saturday or on Sunday. The other errors listed, which appear on pages 15, 23, and 39 of the text, were printer's errors. See the Journal of the Convention , p. 35, 36, 38; and the concluding section of the Editorial Note preceding the text of the Report (above).