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The following is prefixed to the first ten* of the preceding amendments:

CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES,

Begun and held at the City of New York, on Wednesday, the fourth

of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.

The Conventions of a number of the States, hay- . ing at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire , in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution;

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress

* It may be proper here to state that 12 articles of amendment were proposed by the first Congress, of which but 10 were ratified by the States—the first and second in order not having been ratified by the requisite number of States,

These two were as follows:

Article the first....After the first enumeration required by the first Article of the Constitution, there shall be one Representative for every thirty thousand, until the number shall amount to one hundred, after which, the proportion shall be so regulated by Congress, that there shall not be less than one hundred Representatives, nor less than one Representative for every forty thousand persons, until the number of Representatives shall amount to two hundred, after which the proportion shall be so regulated by Congress, that there shall not be less than two hundred Representatives, nor more than one Representative for every fifty thousand persons.

Article the second....No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.

assenibled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, That the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.

Articles in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth article fo the original Constitution.

The first ten amendments of the Constitucion were

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ratified by the States as follows, viz:

By New Jersey, 20th November, 1789.
By Maryland, 19th December, 1789.
By North Carolina, 220 December, 1789.
By South Carolina, 19th January, 1790.
By New Hampshire, 25th January, 1790.
By Delaware, 28th January, 1790.
By Pennsylvania, 10th March, 1790.
By New York, 27th March, 1790.
By Rhode Island, 15th June, 1790.
By Vermont, 3 November, 1791.
By Virginia, 15 December, 1791

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The following is prefixed to the eleventh of the pre

ceding amendments:

THIRD CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES:

At the first session, begun and held at the city of

Philadelphia, in the State of Pennsylvania, on Monday the second of December one thousand seven hundred and ninety-three.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Represen. tatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, That the following Article be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States; which when ratified by three-fourths of the said Legislatures shall be valid as part of the said Constitution, viz:

The following is prefixed to the twelfth of the pre

ceding amendments:

EIGHTH CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES;

At the first session, Begun and held at the city of

Washington, in the Territory of Columbia, on Monday, the seventeenth of October, one thousand eight hundred and three.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Represen

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