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Jensen, Merrill (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Delaware, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut
(1978)

VI. The Delaware Convention, 3-7 December 1787,   pp. 105-113


Page 113

VI. CONVENTION
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 of, assented to, ratified
and confirmed, and by these presents, DO, in virtue of the power and
authority to us given for that purpose, for, and in behalf of ourselves
and our constituents, FULLY, FREELY, and ENTIRELY APPROVE
OF, ASSENT TO, RATIFY and CONFIRM                the said CONSTITU-
TION."
Maryland Journal, 14 December5
We hear from Dover that the deputies to the state Convention
(agreeable to the appointment of the General Assembly) met and
formed a house on Monday the 3d instant; James Latimer, Esquire,
was chosen President on Wednesday; the new Federal Constitution
was ratified by unanimous vote on Friday; and the ratification signed
by every member as follows: [The Delaware Form of Ratification is
printed at this point.]
The Convention likewise agreed to the cession of a district in this
state to Congress, not exceeding ten miles square, with the right of
exclusive legislation, for the seat of federal government to be chosen
by them (if accepted) in such part of the state as they may think proper.
While the Convention of this state has finished the important busi-
ness for which they were elected, that of Pennsylvania is debating the
ground by inches; after sitting almost a month, we hear they have
not yet finished the first Article.
1. RC, Coxe Papers, Tench Coxe Section, PHi. For reports of Delaware's ratifica-
tion by individuals in other states, see Mfm:Del. 35.
2. RC, Hollingsworth Papers, PHi.
3. This item was also printed in the Pennsylvania Packet on the same day. With-
in a month, it was reprinted, in whole or in part, fifty-three times from Maine to
Georgia. The Massachusetts Centinel's reprinting on 26 December was prefaced:
"FEDERAL CONSTITUTION. The FIRST PILLAR of a great FEDERAL SU-
PERSTRUCTURE raised." For other newspaper reports of Delaware's ratification,
see Mfm:Del. 35.
4. The Form of Ratification, as printed in the Gazetteer, is transcribed literally.
5. This item was probably reprinted from the no longer extant Delaware Gazette
of 12 December. The Richmond Virginia Gazette and Weekly Advertiser, 20 De-
cember, reprinted the entire article, while the paragraph on the federal capital
was reprinted twenty-two times from Vermont to Pennsylvania by early January
1788. The last paragraph was reprinted in five newspapers by 31 December.
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