Jensen, Merrill (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Delaware, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut
II. The General Assembly and the Constitution, 24-25 October 1787, pp. 56-61
56 II THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND THE CONSTITUTION 24--25 October 1787 The Delaware legislature began assembling on 20 October. The House obtained a quorum on 24 October and the Council on the 25th. On the 24th, President Thomas Collins sent the House the Constitu- tion and the congressional resolution of 28 September transmitting the Constitution to the states. The Constitution and five petitions froim New Castle County--three urging "speedy ratification" of the Constitution and two advocating a cession of land for the federal capital-were submitted to a committee on the same day. The next day, the committee reported resolutions calling a state convention, but the House tabled the resolutions and did not take them up again until 7 November. The delay was not caused by op- position to the Constitution, but by the ongoing struggle between the Whigs and Tories for control of the legislature. In October and No- vember 1787 this struggle centered around the election of seven repre- sentatives and one councillor from Sussex County. Not until after the legislature voided that election and called a new one did it resume consideration of the resolutions providing for a state conven- tion. The Delaware General Assembly Wednesday 24 October 1787 House Proceedings, A.M. Ordered, That Mr. Robinson, Mr. Grantham and Mr. Gordon be a committee to wait on His Excellency the President and inform him that the House, having met and qualified themselves according to law, desire to know whether he has any business to lay before them. Adjourned to 3 o'clock.
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