Proof Copy of the Committee of Detail Report
August 4-5, 1787
The Committee of Detail gave its report to a pair of Philadelphia printers. This is the only known proof copy, which is nearly identical to James Wilson’s manuscript, and was submitted for review. Committee-member Edmund Randolph made 11 corrections before copies were printed for all of the delegates.
Note: The printers did not mistakenly use an “f” instead of an “s.” Known as a “long s,” the letter was commonly used at the time when an “s” appeared at the beginning or middle of a word.