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For users that are familiar with the print edition of the Documentary History of the First Federal Congress (DHFFC), the following chart mapping the document types of the Early Republic to the printed volumes of the Documentary History of the First Federal Congress may be useful:
|Early Republic Document Type||DHFFC Volume|
|Senate Legislative Journal||Volume 1|
|Senate Executive Journal and Related Documents||Volume 2|
|House of Representatives Journal||Volume 3|
|Legislative Histories||Volumes 4-6|
|Petition Histories||Volume 7|
|Petition Histories and Non-legislative Official Documents||Volume 8|
|The Diary of William Maclay and Other Notes on Senate||Volume 9|
|Debates in the House of Representatives||Volumes 10-14|
|Correspondence First Session||Volumes 15-17|
|Correspondence Second Session||Volumes 18-20|
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