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Jensen, Merrill; Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J. (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Pennsylvania
(1976)

A. Proceedings and debates of the convention,   pp. 326-616


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III. PENNSYLVANIA CONVENTION
independency of America." This item was reprinted three times in Pennsylvania
and sixteen times from Vermont to South Carolina.
2. The Supreme Executive Council requested Joseph Dolby to "ring the bells
immediately upon the ratification of the Federal Constitution by this state being
announced to the public from the courthouse steps, which will be at 12 o'clock
this day." Dolby was paid £6 for his services. See Mfm:Pa. 268.
3. Henry Epple's tavern, "The Sign of the Rainbow," No. 117 Sassafras Street.
4. On 15 December the Independent Gazetteer and Pennsylvania Herald changed
"patrons" to "nations," while the Pennsylvania Journal changed it to "patriots."
5. Reprinted five times in Philadelphia, once in Lancaster, and, in part or in
whole, thirty-one times from Maine to South Carolina.
6. This report was reprinted once each in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Charles-
ton, and twice in New York City.
7. Reprinted twenty-six times from Maine to South Carolina by 22 January.
8. Reprinted eight times from Massachusetts to Georgia by 9 February.
9. See McKean's comment that Antifederalists' arguments sounded like "tie feeble
noise occasioned by the working of small beer," Convention Debates, 10 December.
The Pennsylvania Convention
Friday
14 December 1787
Convention Proceedings
The Convention met pursuant to adjournment.
It was moved by James Wilson, and seconded by Hilary Baker,
That when the Constitution, proposed by the late General Conven-
tion shall have been organized, this commonwealth will cede to the
Congress the jurisdiction over any place in Pennsylvania, not exceeding
ten miles square, which, with the consent of the inhabitants, the Con-
gress may choose for the seat of the government of the United States.
On motion of Anthony Wayne, seconded by Thomas Bull,
Ordered, That a committee be appointed, to take the foicegoing
motion into consideration, and make report thereon.
The committee agreed on consists of Mr. Wilson, Mr. M'Pherson,
Mr. Gray, Mr. Wynkoop, Mr. Coleman, Mr. Wayne, Mr. Grier, Mr.
Morris, and Mr. Pickering.'
On motion of George Gray, seconded by William M'Pherson,
The petitions relative to the cession of a district to the Congress,
for the seat of the general government, were read a second time, and
referred to the above committee.2
Ordered, That Mr. Baker, Mr. Balliott and Mr. Hoge be a committee
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