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States, for payment and satisfaction whereof the said United States and the publick faith are hereby, solemnly pledged.

ARTICLE XII.

Every state shall abide by the determinations of the United States in Congress assembled, on all questions which by this confederation are submitted to them. And the articles of this confederation shall be inviolably observed by every state ; and the union shall be perpetual. Nor shall any alteration at any time here. after be made in any of them, unless such alteration be agreed to in a Congress of the United States, and be afterwards confirmed by the legislatures of every state.

And whereas it hath pleased the great Governour of the world to incline the hearts of the legislatures we respectively represent in Congress to approve of, and lo authorize us to ratify the said articles of confederation and perpetual union :

Know ye, That we the undersigned delegates, by virtue of the power and authority to us given for that purpose, do by these presents, in the name and in behalf of our respective constituents, fully and entirely ratify and confirm each and every of the said articles of confederation and perpetual union, and all and singular the matters and things therein contained. And we do further solemnly plight and engage the faith of our respective constituents, that they shall abide by the determinations of the United States

in Congress assembled, on all questions which by the said confederation are submitted to them; and that the articles thereof shall be inviolably observed by the states we respectively represent; and that the union shall be perpetual.

In witness whereof, we have hereunto set our hands

in Congress. Done at Philadelphia, in the state of Pennsylvania,

the ninth day of July, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy-eight, and in the third year of the independence of America.

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James Duane,
Francis Lewis,
William Duer,
Gouverneur Morris,

On the part and behalf of

the state of New York.

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86JUL 5

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