New York Convention

The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New York

New York: Francis Childs, 1788
New-York Historical Society Library

Francis Childs, the printer of the New York Daily Advertiser, published the most complete account of the Convention debates. Childs took notes in a primitive shorthand and also allowed speakers to review and edit his account of their remarks. The Debates and Proceedings was published on December 16, 1788. The daily reports taper off after July 2, partly because they were taking so much time to prepare. Much of importance happened after that date, and the full account of what happened in the Convention requires the use of notes taken by the Convention's secretary John McKesson and several of the delegates themselves.