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State of New-Xork
ALL THE OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS, RELATING TO THE SUBJECT, AND
OTHER VALUABLE MATTER.
BY NATHANIEL H. CARTER AND WILLIAM L. STONE,
PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY E. AND E. HOSFORD.
The volume which is now presented to the public, is the work of differ ent hands; and lays claim to no other merit, than that of being a faithful and impartial record of the proceedings of the Convention, which assembled at Albany, on the 28th of August, 1821, and closed its session on the 10th of November following. It consists of the constitution of 1777—the acts of the legislature, of March and April, 1821, recommending a Conventiona minute and full journal of the proceedings and debates of the Convention, arranged in the order in which they occurred, including the reports of the several committees—the ayes and noes on all important questions-and the constitution, as amended-together with an appendix, containing several documents relating to the Convention and a well digested index of the whole volume.
In preparing the work for the press, its joint authors bave availed them. selves, as far as practicable, of the corrections suggested by the members of the Convention, of that part of the proceedings, which has appeared in the public journals; and the speeches, which have not been published, are given with as much accuracy, as the rapidity with which the volume was executed would permit. The editors are not sensible of any want of care or attention, to render these reports correct and satisfactory; but with all their industry and labour, it is not improbable, that amidst other avocations, and the hurry in which the work went to press, errors may have escaped their observation ; and in some cases, perhaps, injustice has been done to the speakers.
If, on examination, such defects in the work shall be found, the reporters trust they will find an apology in the difficulty of hearing at all times distinctly, speakers in a remote part of the house ; of apprehending their arguments always when they were heard ; and of following with minute accuracy the chain of proceedings, amidst the intricacies and consusion, in which the Convention sometimes found itself involved. On this topic they will merely add, that they have on all occasions assiduously laboured to give a fair and impartial transcript of the remarks of the speaker.
The office of a reporter is in all respects invidious and ungrateful. While its duties are arduous and responsible, requiring great labour and patient industry, the most unwearied and faithful discharge of these duties is attended with no adequate reward, in a literary point of view. The nature of the office precludes the exercise of those faculties of the mind, which can alone conser dignity and reputation upon literary efforts ; and the reporter, in his