I wanted to share a story about the Bill of Rights that I had not heard before, though perhaps some of you have.
In 1789, each state was sent a copy of the 12 amendments proposed by Congress. The one sent to North Carolina, though, was stolen by a Union soldier at the end of the Civil War. He returned to Ohio and sold it to a man named Charles Shotwell for $5. (Shotwell may have been related to the Shotwells of Cadiz who knew John Bingham, but I’m not sure). Shotwell moved to Indianapolis, where he kept the copy in his office or in his house until his death in the 1930s! The document then passed down through the family until 2002, when it was sold to an antiques dealer. He then tried to sell the text to the National Constitution Center, but at that point the FBI came in and seized the relic as stolen property. Ultimately, the courts held that the document belonged to North Carolina.
Anyway, the full story is told in this book, which is a fun read.