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The following extract from the journal of the Congress of the confederation, exhibits the proceedings of that body on receiving the report of the convention.
UNITED STATES IN CONGRESS ASSEMBLED.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1787. PRESENT, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecti.
cut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, and from Maryland Mr. Ross.
Congress having received the report of the convention lately assembled in Philadelphia,
Resolved, unanimously, That the said report, with the resolutions and letter accompanying the same, be transmitted to the several legislatures, in order to be submitted to a convention of delegates chosen in each state by the people thereof, in conformity to the resolves of the convention made and provided in that case.
The states having accordingly passed acts for severally calling conventions, and the constitution being submitted to them, the ratifications thereof were transmitted to Congress as follows:
We the deputies of the people of the Delaware state, in convention met, having taken into our serious consideration the federal constitution proposed and agreed upon by the deputies of the United States in a general convention held at the city of Philadelphia, on the seventeenth day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven, have approved, assented to, ratified and confirmed, and by these presents do, in virtue of the power and authority to us given for that purpose, for and in behalf of ourselves and our constituents, fully, freely, and entirely approve of, assent to, ratify and confirm the said constitution.
Done in convention at Dover, this seventh day of
December, in the year aforesaid, and in the year of the independence of the United States of America the twelfth. In testimony whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names.
Nicholas Ridgely, James Latimer, President, John Jones,
Richard Smith, James Black,
Thomas Duff, Israel Holland. George Manlove. Gunning Bedford, juo. [l. s.] To all whom these presents shall come,
Greeting 1 Thomas Collins, president of the Delaware state,
do hereby certify, that the above instrument of writing is a true copy of the original ratification of the federal constitution by the convention of the Delaware state, which original ratification is now in my possession. In testimony whereof I have caused the seal of the Delaware state to be hereunto annexed.
In the name of the people of Pennsylvania.
Be it known unto all men, that we the delegates of the people of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in general convention assembled, have assented to, and ratified, and by these presents do, in the name and by the authority of the same people, and for ourselves, assent to, and ratify the foregoing constitution for the United States of America. Done in convention, at Philadelphia, the twelfth day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eightyseven, and of the independence of the United States of America the twelfth. In witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names.
FREDERICK A. MUHLENBERG, President.
Henry Wynkoop, David Grier,
Benjamin Pedan, Abraham Stout,
John Arndt, Thomas Bull,
Stephen Balliet, Anthony Wayne, Joseph Horsefield, William Gibbons, David Dashler, Richard Downing,
William Wilson, Thomas Cheney,
John Boyd, John Hannum,
Thomas Scott, Stephen Chambers, John Nevill, Robert Coleman,
John Allison, Sebastian Graff,
Jonathan Roberts, John Hubley,
John Richards, Jasper Yeates,
James Morris, Henry Slagle,
Timothy Pickering, Thomas Campbell,
În convention of the state of New Jersey.
WHEREAS a convention of delegates from the following states, viz. New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, met at Philadelphia, for the purpose of deliberating on, and forming a constitution for the United States of America, finished their session on the seventeenth day of September last, and reported to Congress the form which they had agreed upon, in the words following, viz. (See the constitution.]
And whereas, Congress on the twenty-eighth day of September last, unanimously did resolve, 4 That “the said report, with the resolutions and letter ac.
companying the same, be transmitted to the se“ veral legislatures, in order to be submitted to a
convention of delegates, chosen in each state by the “people thereof, in conformity to the resolves of the “convention made and provided in that case."
And whereas, the legislature of this state did on the twenty-ninth day of October last resolve in the words following, viz. “ Resolved unanimously, That 6 it be recommended to such of the inhabitants of this
state as are entitled to vote for representatives in ge“neral assembly, to meet in their respective counties
on the fourth Tuesday in November next, at the se“ veral places fixed by law for holding the annual elec“tions, to choose three suitable persons to serve as de“ legates from each county in a state convention, for “the purposes herein before mentioned, and that the * same be conducted agreeably to the mode, and con“ formably with the rules and regulations prescribed " for conducting such elections.
“ Resolved unanimously, That the persons so elect“ed to serve in state convention, do assemble and meet “ together on the second Tuesday in December nexi, “ at Trenton, in the county of Hunterdon, then and " there to take into consideration the aforesaid consti.
lution ; and if approved of by them, finally to ratify