[UNITED STATES SENATE]
Journal of the Senate of the United States of America, Being the First Session of the Second Congress, Begun and Held at the City of Philadelphia, October 24th, 1791; and in the Sixteenth Year of the Sovereignty of the said United States
Philadelphia: John Fenno, 1791. Folio. (12 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches). 228pp.
Contemporary sheep, gilt leather label. Font joint partially split. Small ink stamp on rear pastedown. Small embossed blindstamp on titlepage and one internal leaf. Otherwise, clean internally.
An important early Congressional document, describing the actions of the Senate in late 1791 and early 1792, at the height of the Federalist / Anti-Federalist struggle.
George Washington's address to Congress, printed here, contains an interesting note about the tax on distilled spirits. Protests to this tax would result in the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794. Also contains important early legislation on frontier defenses, Ohio, fisheries, lighthouses, the Mint, and militias. Indexed. "First edition, first issue of the rare journal containing numerous messages from Pres. Washington...official ratification[s] of the Bill of Rights, the Presidential Succession Act debate and passage, the establishment of the U.S. mint and coinage, the first militia act, and foundation Northwest Territory Acts." - Jenkins.
Evans 24911; Jenkins 505; North American Imprints Program w020582.