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One of the last drafts of the Bill of Rights, published on this day in 1789

18 Sep

This very rare printing of twelve proposed amendments to the Constitution, approved by the Senate on September 9, 1789, but not yet reconciled with the House, was published in the New-York Daily Gazette on September 18, 1789.

Article 3, guaranteeing freedom of religion, underwent the most substantial changes between this and the final version ten days later. This draft reads:

Art. 3d. Congress shall make no law establishing articles of faith, or a mode of worship, or prohibiting the free exercise of religion, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition to the government for a redress of grievances.

Read this draft, published 223 years ago today . . .

 
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