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Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, 10.

It was moved and seconded to strike out, after “ legislatures,” the words “ of three fourths,” and so after the word “conventions,” article 5th — [leaving future conventions to proceed like the present.] Passed in the negative.

Yeas : Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, 3. Nays: Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, 7. Divided : New Hampshire, 1.

It was moved and seconded to strike out the words " or by conventions in three fourths thereof.” Passed in the negative.

Yea: Connecticut, 1. Nays : New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, 10.

It was moved and seconded to annex to the end of article 5th a proviso, " that no state shall, without its consent, be affected in its internal police, or deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate."

Passed in the negative.

Yeas : Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, 3. Nays : New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, 8.

It was moved and seconded to strike out article 5th. Passed in the negative.

Yeas : Connecticut, New Jersey, 2. Nays: New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, 8. Divided : Delaware, 1.

It was moved to strike out of article 5th, after the word · legislatures,” the words “ of three fourths,” and also, after the word “ conventions," so as to leave future conventions to act like the present Convention, according to circumstances; which passed in the negative.

It was moved to strike out the words “or by conventions in three fourths thereof;” which passed in the negative.

It was moved to annex to the article a further proviso, " that no state shall, without its consent, be affected in its internal police, or deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate."

Passed in the negative.

It was moved to strike out the 5th article altogether; which passed in the negative.

It was moved to add a proviso,

“that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate;" which passed in the affirmative.

It was moved, as a further proviso, “that no law, in nature of a navigation act, be passed, prior to the year 1808, without the consent of two thirds of each branch of the legislature; which passed in the negative.

Yeas: Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, 3. Nays: New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, South Carolina, 7.

It was moved, " that amendments to the plan might be offered by the conventions, which should be submitted to, and finally decided on, by another General Convention;" which passed in the negative — all the states concurring.

It was moved and seconded, “that amendments to the plan might be offered by the state conventions, which should be submitted to, and finally decided on, by another General Convention."

Passed unanimously in the negative.

The blanks in the 5th article of the revised draft were filled up; and it was otherwise amended to read as follows:

“ The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress: Provided, that no amendment which may be made prior to the year 1808 shall in any manner affect the 1st and 4th clauses in the 9th section of the 1st article ; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate."

On the question to agree to the Constitution as amended, it passed in the affirmative — ALL THE STATES CONCURRING.

Ordered, That the Constitution be engrossed. The house adjourned.

Monday, September 17, 1787. Close of the General Convention. The engrossed Constitution being read, it was moved that the Constitution be signed by the members in the following, as a convenient form:

“ Done in Convention, by the unanimous consent of the states present, the 17th September, &c. In witness whereof, we have hereunto subo scribed our names."

It was moved to reconsider the clause declaring that " the number of representatives shall not exceed one for every forty thousand,” in order to strike out « forty thousand,” and insert “ thirty thousand ; " which passed in the affirmative.

On the question to agree to the Constitution, enrolled in order to be signed, — all the states answered, “ Ay."

On the question to agree to the above form of signing, it passed in the affirmative.

Yeas : New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersev, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, 10. Divided : South Carolina, 1.

It was moved that the Journal, and other papers of the Convention, be deposited with the president; which passed in the affirmative.

Yeas : New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, 10. Nay: Maryland, 1.

The president having asked what the Convention meant should be done with the Journal, it was resolved, nem. con., " That he retain the Journal and other papers, subject to the order of the Congress, if ever formed under this Constitution."

The members proceeded to sign the Constitution ; and the Convention then dissolved itself by an adjournment sine die.

SUPPLEMENT

TO

THE JOURNAL OF THE FEDERAL CONVENTION.

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, Septemher 28, 1787. Present : New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, 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:

THE RATIFICATIONS OF THE TWELVE STATES,

Rported in the General Convention.

1. DELAWARE. We, the deputies of the people of the Delaware state, in Convention met, having taken in 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 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.
Susser County.
Kent County,

Newcastle County.
John Ingram,

Nicholas Ridgely, James Latimer, President,
John Jones,
Richard Smith,

James Black,
William Moore, George Fruitt,

John James,
William Hall,
Richard Bassett,

Gunning Bedford, Sen.
Thomas Laws,
James Sykes,

Kensey Johns,
Isaac Cooper,
Allen M'Lean,

Thomas Watson,
Woodman Storkley, Daniel Cummins, Sen. Solomon Maxwell,
John Laws,
Joseph Barker,

Nicholas Way,
Thomas Evans,
Edward White,

Thomas Duff,
Israel Holland.

George Manlove. Gunning Bedford, Jun. (L. S.)

To all to 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.

THOMAS COLLINS.

2. PENNSYLVANIA. 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 Philadelphiahe twelfth day of December,

in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven, 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.
George Latimer, Anthony Wayne, Benjamin Pedan,
Benjamin Rush, William Gibbons, John Arndt,
Hilary Baker,

Richard Downing, Stephen Balliat,
James Wilson,
Thomas Cheney,

Joseph Horsefield,
Thomas M'Kean, John Hannum,

David Dashler,
To. Macpherson, Stephen Chambers, William Wilson,
John Hunn,

Robert Coleman, John Boyd,
George Gray,

Sebastian Graff, Thomas Scott,
Samuel Ashmead, John Hubley,

John Nevill,
Enoch Edwards, Jasper Yeates,

John Allison,
Henry Wynkoop, Henry Slagle,

Jonathan Roberts,
John Barclay,

Thomas Campbell, John Richards,
Thomas Yardley,
Thomas Hartley,

James Morris,
Abraham Stout, David Grier,

Timothy Pickering,
Thomas Bull,
John Black,

Benjamin Elliot.
Attest. JAMES CAMPBELL, Secretary.

3. NEW JERSEY.

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IN 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 17th 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 28th day of September last, unanimously did resolve, “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;

And whereas the legislature of this state did, on the 29th day of October last, resolve in the words following, viz., Resolved, unanimously, That it be recommended to such of the inhabitants of this state as are entitled to vote for representatives in General Assembly, to meet in their respective counties on the fourth Tuesday in November next, at the several places fixed by law for holding the annual elections, to choose three suitable persons to serve as delegates from each county in a state Convention, for the purposes hereinbefore mentioned, and that the same be conducted agreeably to the mode, and conformably with the rules and regulations, prescribed for conducting such elections ;

Resolved, unanimously, That the persons so elected to serve in state Convention, do assemble and meet together on the second Tuesday in December next, at Trenton, in the county of Hunterdon, then and there to take into consideration the aforesaid Constitution and if approved of by them, finally to ratify the same, in behalf and on the part of this state, and make report thereof to the United States in Congress assembled, in conformity with the resolutions thereto annexed.

Resolved, That the sheriffs of the respective counties of this state shall be, and they are hereby, required to give as timely notice as may be, by advertisements, to the people of their counties, of the time, place, and purpose of holding elections, as aforesaid."

And whereas the legislature of this state did also, on the 1st day of November last, make and pass the following act, viz., “An Act to authorize the people of this state to meet in convention, deliberate upon, agree to, and ratify, the Constitution of the United States proposed by the late General Convention, - Be it enacted by the Council and General Assembly of this state, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, that it shall and may be lawful for the people thereof, by their delegates, to meet in Convention to deliberate upon, and, if approved of by them, to ratify, the Constitution for the United States proposed by the General Convention held at Philadelphia,

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