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THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY.

To His Excellency.WILLIAM LIVINGSTON, and [.s.] the Honourable ABRAHAM CLARK, Esquires,

Greeting. The council and assembly reposing' especial trust and confidence in your integrity, prudence and ability, have, at a joint meeting, appointed you the said Wil. liam Livingston and Abraham Clark, Esqrs, in conjunction with the honourable David Brearly, William Churchill Houston and William Patterson, Esqrs. or any three of you, commissioners, to meet such commissioners as have been appointed by the other states in the union, at the city of Philadelphia, in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, on the second Monday of this present month, for the purpose of taking into consideration the state of the union, as to trade and other important objects, and of devising such other provisions as shall appear to be necessary, to render the constitution of the federal government adequate to the exigencies thereof.

In testimony whereof the great seal of the state is

hereunto affixed. Witness, William Livingston, Esq. governour, captain-general and commander in chief in and over the state of New Jersey, and territories thereunto belonging, chancellor and ordinary in the same, at Burlington, the 18th day of May, in the year of our Lord 1787, and of our sovereignty and independence the eleventh.

WIL. LIVINGSTON. By His Excellency's command,

Bowes REED, Sec'ry.

STATE OF NEW JERSEY. To the Honourable JONATHAN Dayton, Esq. The council and assembly, reposing especial trust and confidence in your integrity, prudence and ability, have, at a joint meeting, appointed you the said Jonathan Dayton, Esq. in conjunction with his excellency William Livingston, the honourable David Brearly, William Churchill Houston, William Patterson and Abraham Clark, Esqrs. or any three of you, commissioners, to meet such commissioners as have been appointed by the other states in the union, at the city of Philadelphia, in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, for the purpose of taking into consideration the state of the union, as to trade and other important objects, and of devising such other provisions as shall appear to be necessary to render the constitution of the federal government adequate to the exigencies. thereof.

In testimony whereof the great seal of the state is

hereunto affixed. Witness, Robert Lettice Hooper, Esq. vice-president, captain-general and commander in chief in and over the state of New Jer. sey, and territories thereunto belonging, chancellor and ordinary in the same, at Burlington, the fifth day of June, in the year of our Lord 1787, and of our sovereignty and independence the eleventh.

ROBERT L. HOOPER. By His Honour's command,

Bowes Reed, Sec’ry.

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA.

An Act appointing Deputies to the Convention intend

ed to be held in the City of Philadelphia, for the purpose of revising the Federal Constitution.

Sec, 1. WHEREAS the general assembly of this commonwealth, taking into their serious consideration the. representations heretofore made to the legislatures of the several states in the union, by the United States in Congress assembled, and also weighing the difficulties under which the confederated states now labour, are fully convinced of the necessity of revising the federal constitution, for the purpose of making such alterations and amendments as the exigencies of our publick affairs require. And whereas the legislature of the state of Virginia have already passed an act of that commonwealth, empowering certain commissioners 10 meet at the city of Philadelphia, in May next, a convention of commissioners or deputies from the different states; and the legislature of this state are fully sensible of the important advantages which may be derived to the United States, and every of them, from co-operating with the commonwealth of Virginia, and the other states of the confederation, in the said design..

Sec. 2. Be it enacted, and it is hereby enacted by the representatives of the freemen of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania in general assembly met, and by the authority of the same, That Thomas Mifflin, Robert Morris, George Clymer, Jared Ingersoll, Thomas Fitzsimons, James Wilson and Gouverneur Morris, Esqrs. are hereby appointed deputies from this state, to meet in the convention of the deputies of the respective states of North America, to be held at the city of Philadelphia, on the 2d day of the month of May next; and the said Thomas Mifflin, Robert Morris, George Clymer, Jared Ingersoll, Thomas Fitzsimons, James Wilson and Gouverneur Morris, Esqrs, or any four of them, are hereby constituted and appointed deputies from this state, with powers to meet such deputies as may be appointed and authorized by the other states, to assemble in the said convention, at the city aforesaid, and to join with them in devising, deliberating on and discussing all such alterations, and further provisions, as may be necessary to render the federal constitution fully adequate to the exigencies of the union, and in reporting such act or acts, for that purpose, to the United States in Congress assembled, as when agreed to by them, and duly confirmed by the several states, will effectually provide for the same.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That in case any of the said deputies hereby nominated, shall happen to die, or to resign his or their said appointment or appointments, the supreme executive council shall be, and hereby are empowered and required, to nominate and appoint other person or persons in lieu of him or them so deceased, or who has or have so resigned, which person or persons, from and after such nomination and appointment, shall be, and hereby are declared to be vested with the same powers respectively, as any of the deputies nominated and appointed by this act, is vested with by the same: Provided always, that the council are not hereby authorized, nor shall they make any such nomination or appointment, except in vacation and during the recess of the general assembly of this state.

Signed by order of the House. [w.s.]

THOMAS MIFFLIN, Speaker.

Enacted into a law at Philadelpbia, on Saturday, December 30th, in the year of our Lord 1786.

PETER ZACHARY LLOYD,

Clerk of the General Assembly.

I Matthew Irwine, Esq. master of the rolls for the state of Pennsylvania, do certify the preceding writing to be a true copy (or exemplification) of a certain act of assembly lodged in my office.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my (l.s.] band and seal of office, the 15th May, A. D. 1787.

MATTHEW IRWINE, M. R.

A supplement to the act entitled "An act appointing de

" puties to the convention intended to be held in the « city of Philadelphia, for the purpose of revising " the federal constitution."

Sec. 1st. Whereas by the act to wbich this act is a supplement, certain persons were appointed as deputies from this state to sit in the said convention, And whereas it is the desire of the general assembly, that his excellency Benjamin Franklin, Esq. president of this state, should also sit in the said convention, as a deputy from this state ; therefore,

Sec. 2d. Be it enacted, and it is hereby enacted by the representatives of the freemen of the common

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