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at present it shall be in a prescribed ratio-Agreed to-Motion to
officers, nor eligible to the supreme magistracy-Agreed to.
Legislature, resumed— Motion to amend by providing that the
Elerenth resolution, relative to Judiciary, resumed— Motion to
port the Constitution-Agreed to.
Nineteenth resolution, requiring the ratification of the Constitu-
The eighth resolution, relative to the suffrage in the second
vote per capita-Agreed to.
Motion to appoint the Executive by Electors appointed by State
- Motion to authorize copies to be taken of the resolutions as
CONGRESS OF THE CONFEDERATION,
FROM FEBRUARY 19TH TILL APRIL 25TH, 1787.
IN CONGRESS, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1787.*
Mr. PINCKNEY, in support of his motion entered on the Journal, for stopping the enlistment of troops, argued that he had reason to suppose the insurrection in Massachusetts, the real, though not ostensible object of this measure, to be already crushed; that the requisition of five hundred thousand dollars for
supporting the troops had been complied with by one State only, viz. Virginia, and that but in part; that it would be absurd to proceed in the raising of men who could neither be paid, clothed nor fed, and that such a folly was the more to be shunned, as the consequences could not be foreseen, of embodying and arming men under circumstances which would be more likely to render them the terror than the support of the Government. We had, he observed, been so lucky in one instance—meaning the disbanding of the army on the peace—as to get rid of an armed force without satisfying their just claims; but that it would not be prudent to hazard the repetition of the experiment.
Mr. King made a moving appeal to the feelings of
* From 1783 till this period Mr. Madison was not a member.