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Printers for the Public Record

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Draft agreement between Samuel...
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Draft agreement between Samuel Otis and John Beckley regarding the printers for Congress, June 29, 1789

Senate Secretary Samuel Otis and House Clerk John Beckley established many procedures for the First Congress. They agreed to hire separate printers for the journals of their respective chambers, but to employ jointly Childs and Swain to print acts and Thomas Greenleaf to print bills.

Records of the U.S. Senate, National Archives and Records Administration