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Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J.; Moore, Timothy D. (Historian); Lannér-Cusin, Johanna E.; Schoenleber, Charles H.; Reid, Jonathan M.; Flamingo, Margaret R.; Fields, David P. (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Maryland (1)
(2015)

II. The Maryland General Assembly calls a state convention, 23 November-1 December 1787,   pp. 68-100


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II. STATE CONVENTION CALLED
law for holding the annual elections, to choose four persons for each
county, two for the city of Annapolis, and two for Baltimore-town, to
serve in the state convention for the purpose of taking under consid-
eration the proposed plan of government for the United States; and
that the said elections be conducted agreeably to the mode, and con-
formably with the rules and regulations, prescribed for electing mem-
bers to serve in the house of delegates.
RESOLVED, That the delegates to be elected to serve in the state con-
vention shall, at the time of election, be citizens of the state, and ac-
tually residing therein for three years next preceding the election, res-
idents of the county where they shall be elected twelve months next
preceding the election, and be of twenty-one years of age.
RESOLVED, That the sheriffs of the respective counties, the mayor,
recorder and aldermen, or any three of them, in the city of Annapolis,
the commissioners of Baltimore-town, or any three of them, shall and
they are hereby required to give immediate notice, by advertisements,
to the people of the counties, city of Annapolis and Baltimore-town, of
the time, place and purpose, of the elections as aforesaid.
RESOLVED, That the persons so elected to serve in the said conven-
tion, do assemble on Monday the twenty-first day of April next, at the
city of Annapolis, and may adjourn from day to day, as occasion may
require, and that the same delegates so assembled, do then and there
take into consideration the aforesaid constitution, and if approved of
by them, or a majority of 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.
RESOLVED, That the delegates to be elected for Baltimore-town, be
residents of the said town, and the delegates to be elected for Baltimore
county, be residents of the said county out of the limits of Baltimore-
town.
By order,                              W. HARWOOD, clk.
By the SENATE, December 1, 1787: Read and assented to.
By order,                                  J. DORSEY, clk.
1. The text of these resolutions is taken from a three-page broadside of state printer
Frederick Green of Annapolis, who printed the resolutions on order of the House of
Delegates (Evans 45092). Matthias Bartgis of Fredericktown, also on order of the House
of Delegates, printed the resolutions as part of a German-language pamphlet (Evans
20814). The resolutions were also printed in the Annapolis Maryland Gazette, 6 December,
and the Maryland Journal, 11 December. (See "The Publication and Circulation of the
Constitution in Maryland," 22 September-December [RCS:Md., 7].)
2. According to Article II of the Maryland constitution of 1776, all freemen above
twenty-one years of age could vote for members of the House of Delegates if they owned
fifty acres of land or had a personal estate valued at £30 (Appendix I, RCS:Md., 776).
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