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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
Serenteenth resolution, providing for future amendments-Agreed to.
Eighteenth resolution, requiring the oath of State officers to sup-
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.
TUESDAY, July 24th
Ninth resolution, relative to the National Executive, resumed-Mo
tion to amend so as to provide that he be appointed by the National
Legislature, and not by Electors chosen by the State Legislatures,
Agreed to-Motion to amend so as to provide that the Executive
be chosen by Electors taken by lot from the National Legislature
The resolutions as amended and adopted, together with the
propositions submitted by Mr. Patterson, and the plan proposed by
Mr. C. Pinckney, referred to a Committee of Detail, to report a
Constitution conformable to the resolutions.
WEDNESDAY, July 25th :
Ninth resolution, relative to the National Executive, resumed-
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.