A first draft

A first draft of the U.S. Constitution, hand-written and well-preserved - sits deep in the vaults in the library of the Historical Society of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100101000000000" title="Pennsylvania" href="/topic/us/pennsylvania-PLGEO100101000000000.topic">Pennsylvania</a>.  This, and other documents like it are kept under four separate locks and are very limited in accessibility, and can be accessed only under tight scrutiny.  Presidential historian Barry Landau and another man, charged in the theft of priceless documents from the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100600000000" title="Maryland" href="/topic/us/maryland-PLGEO100100600000000.topic">Maryland</a> Historical Society, are also suspected in the theft of a document, penned by George <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100104900000000" title="Washington (U.S. state)" href="/topic/us/washington-%28u.s.-state%29-PLGEO100104900000000.topic">Washington</a>.

( Baltimore Sun photo by Karl Merton Ferron / August 12, 2011 )

A first draft of the U.S. Constitution, hand-written and well-preserved - sits deep in the vaults in the library of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. This, and other documents like it are kept under four separate locks and are very limited in accessibility, and can be accessed only under tight scrutiny. Presidential historian Barry Landau and another man, charged in the theft of priceless documents from the Maryland Historical Society, are also suspected in the theft of a document, penned by George Washington.

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