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The Origin of the Second Amendment

A Documentary History of the Bill of Rights

Second Edition
Edited by David E. Young


Errata should be noted for the specific edition and printing of The Origin of the Second Amendment (OSA).

The Origin of the Second Amendment has appeared in two editions with three printings as of August, 2004. The First Edition was published in 1991 in hardcover with ISBN 0962366412. The Second Edition, first printing, was published in 1995 in paperback with ISBN 0962366439. The Second Edition, second printing, was published in 2001 in both hardcover (ISBN 0962366455) and paperback (ISBN 0962366439).

Errata for all First and Second Edition printings of OSA:

On page 19 in place of this language:

"To make rules for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, supress Insurrections and repel Invasions;"

the following two clauses should instead appear:

"To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, supress Insurrections and repel Invasions;"

On page 380 at the end of the excerpt from the George Mason letter, the following two paragraphs should be added:

"As the Amendments proposed, by the Convention of Massachusetts are the first which have been offered to the Public, and contain in them many things that are necessary, it is deemed proper to make them the Basis of Such as may finally be agreed on; and it may also be proper to observe that an Executive Council will be necessary; because Power and Responsibility are two things essential to a good Executive; the first of which cannot be safely given, nor the latter insured, where the Legislative Senate form a Part of the Executive.

The Judiciary, the exclusive Legislative Power over the ten Miles Square, and the Militia, are Subjects to which our Attention will next be turned, and we shall communicate the Result of our Deliberations with all possible Dispatch."

On page 668 in the Fisher Ames letter, the last sentence should start with "An" in place of "Am".

On page 763 the following article should be added after the article XXIV language at the top of the page:

"XXV. The property of the soil, in a free government, being one of the essential rights of the collective body of the people, it is necessary, in order to avoid future disputes, that the limits of the State should be ascertained with precision; and as the former temporary line between North and South Carolina, was confirmed, and extended by Commissioners, appointed by the Legislatures of the two States, agreeable to the order of the late King George the Second, in Council, that line, and that only, should be esteemed the southern boundary of this State as follows: that is to say, beginning on the sea side, at a cedar stake, at or near the mouth of the Little River (being the southern extremity of Brunswick county,) and running from thence a north-west course, through the boundary house, which stands in thrity-three degress fifty-six minutes, to thirty-five degress north latitude; and from thence a west course so far as is mentioned in the Charter of King Charles the Second, to the late proprietors of Carolina. Therefore all the territories, seas, waters, and harbours, with their appurtenances, lying between the line above described, and the southern line of the State of Virginia, which begins on the sea shore, in thirty-six degress thirty minutes, north latitude, and from thence runs west, agreeable to the said Charter of King Charles, are the right and property of the people of this State, to be held by them in sovereignty; any partial line, without the consent of the Legislature of this State, at any time thereafter directed, or laid out, in anywise notwithstanding;-Provided always, That this Declaration of Rights shall not prejudice any nation or nations of Indians, from enjoying such hunting-grounds as may have been, or hereafter shall be, secured to them by any former or future Legislature of this State;-And provided also, That it shall not be construed so as to prevent the establishment of one or more governments westward of this State, by consent of the Legilature:-And provided further, That nothing herein contained shall affect the titles or possessions of the individuals holding or claiming under the laws heretofore in force, or grants heretofore made by the late King George the Second, or his predecessors, or the late lords proprietors, or any of them."

On page 806 under the Index entry for "Arms" on the fourth line, the entry "676n3" should read "676n2".

On page 816 under the Index item for "Freemen" delete "270".

On page 835, the Index entry for "Smiley, John" should read "Smilie, John".

Additional Errata for First Edition and Second Edition, first printing of OSA:(A number of minor spelling corrections to these first two printings are not listed here.)

On page 35 the footnote volume "XIII" should read "VIII".

On page 481 the following paragraph should appear between the second and third paragraphs:

"That the militia should not be subject to martial law, except in time of war, rebellion, or insurrection."

On page 634 after the footnote "Ford, V, p. 73." the entire reference to a reprinting should be deleted.

Additional Errata for the First Edition of OSA:

On page 242 the source title in the top footnote, "Essays", should read "Pamphlets".

On page 355 in footnote #1, directly after "1962" should be added "reprint of 1788 edition".

On page 541 a superscripted footnote "4" should appear directly after the period at the end of the last line of document text.

On page 669 add superscripted footnotes "1" after "(excerpt)" in the Madison letter to Jefferson subtitle and "2" after "amendments" in the second line of the letter text. Then add a "1" prior to "Papers" in the existing footnote, and add the following as the second footnote:

"2 See "House of Representatives," June 8, 1789, pp. 654-656, for Madison's proposal which consisted of a bill of rights and other amendments."

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