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PAPERS AND REFERENCES
Formation of the Federal Constitution
WILLIAM CAREY JONES
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
Bancroft, Formation of the Constitution, i. 249–253, 266;
H. C. Lodge says: “This convention was sparsely attended. Its only result was this address, which was much weakened to suit Edinund Randolph (Rives, ii. 128], and was not at all up to Hamilton's standard. It, however, did its work and produced the Philadelphia Convention."
HAMILTON'S WORKs, i. 319.
Bancroft, i. 267-278;
VIRGINIA'S INVITATION TO A TRADE CONVENTION,
JANUARY 21, 1786. Resolved, That Edmund Randolph, James Madison, Jun., Walter Jones, St. George Tucker, Meriwether Smith, David Ross, William Ronald, and George Mason, Esquires, be appointed commissioners who, or any five of whom, shall meet such commissioners as may be appointed by the other States in the Union, at a time and place to be agreed upon, to take into consideration the trade of the United States; to examine the relative situation and trade of the said States; to consider how far a uniform system in their commercial regulations may be necessary to their common interest and their permanent harmony; and to report to the several States such an act relative to this great object as, when unanimously ratified by them, will enable the United States in Congress assembled effectually to provide for the same; that the said commissioners shall immediately transmit to the several States copies of the preceding resolution, with a circular letter requesting their concurrence therein, and proposing a time and place for the meeting aforesaid.
ELLIOT, i. 115, v. 113.
ANNAPOLIS CONVENTION: REPORT.
To the Honorable, the Legislatures of Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, the commissioners from the said States, respectively, assembled at Annapolis, humbly beg leave to report :
That, pursuant to their several appointments, they met in Annapolis, in the State of Maryland, on the uth of September instant; and having proceeded to a communication of their powers, they found that the States of New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia had, in substance, and nearly in the same terms, authorized their respective commissioners “ to meet such commissioners as were or might be appointed by the other States of the Union, at such time and place as should be agreed upon by the said commissioners, to take into consideration the trade and commerce of the United States ; to consider how far a uniform system in their commercial intercourse and regulations might be necessary to their common interest and permanent harmony; and to report to the several States such an act relative to this great object as, when unanimously ratified by them, would enable the United States in Congress assembled effectually to provide for the same."