Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Ab-1787-23

Committee of Style Report

September 12, 1787

After another month of debate, the Framers created a five-member team to polish and arrange the text: the Committee of Style. In about three days, they wrote this almost final draft that turned the previous 23 articles into seven. New printed copies were made for all of the delegates, including this one with handwritten notes by Delawarean Jacob Broom.

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.