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1. The collection that JA sought in the bookstores was probably Recueil des loix constitutives des colonies angloises, confédérées sous la dénomination d'Etats-Unis de l'Amérique-Septentrionale . . ., Paris, 1778. In May, JA had purchased fourteen copies of this work, which was composed of texts originally printed in Edmé Jacques Genet's Affaires de l'Angleterre et de l'Amérique (JA, Diary and Autobiography, 2:442).
JA's request that Congress publish the American constitutions and the Articles of Confederation bore fruit, for on 29 Dec. James Lovell moved and Congress voted to have 200 copies of the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, Franco-American treaties, and the state constitutions printed and “bound together in { 179 } boards” (JCC, 18:1217). For a bibliographical account, beginning with the first Philadelphia edition of 1781, see JCC, 21:1201–1203; for an earlier effort by JA to have Congress make the American forms of government more widely known in Europe, see vol. 8:376–380.
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2016.
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