Jensen, Merrill (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Delaware, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut
IV. The Georgia Convention, 25 December 1787-5 January 1788, pp. 269-284
269 IV THE GEORGIA CONVENTION 25 December 1787-5 January 1788 Only eight of the thirty-three delegates elected to the Georgia Convention assembled in Augusta on Tuesday, 25 December, the day appointed for convening. A quorum was not obtained until Friday the 28th, when the Convention examined the delegates' cre- dentials and then elected John Wereat, President; Isaac Briggs, sec- retary; and Peter Farr, doorkeeper. The delegates appointed com- mittees to prepare rules and to request the Governor to send to the Convention: (1) the report of the Constitutional Convention; (2) the congressional resolution of 28 September; and (3) the Assembly resolutions of 26 October. On Saturday, 29 December, the rules were reported, amended, and adopted, and the documents requested from the Governor were received and read. The Convention then, according to Joseph Habersham, considered the Constitution "para- graph by paragraph with a great deal of temper." On Monday, 31 December, the Convention adopted the Constitu- tion unanimously. A Deed of Ratification was drafted, reported, adopted, and ordered engrossed. The next day, the engrossed Deed was recommitted. A second and longer Deed was then prepared. On 2 January both deeds of ratification were approved. The Conven- tion directed that the short Deed (which has not been located) and the Constitution be deposited in the office of the secretary of the state, and that the long Deed, which included the Constitution, the congressional resolution of 28 September, and a portion of the As- sembly resolutions of 26 October, should be sent to the Confederation Congress. The Convention met again on 5 January. It approved a letter addressed to the President of Congress, ordered that the Journal and papers of the Convention be deposited with the Executive, resolved that a report of the Convention's expenses be submitted to the As- sembly, ordered that 200 copies of its Journal be printed, and thanked President Wereat for his service. The Convention then dissolved. The Convention Journal consists of little more than the bare proceedings for each day and a list of the delegates in attendance each day. To eliminate the duplication of names, the attendance records have been deleted from each day's proceedings. The Conven- tion Roster and Attendance Record that immediately follows has been compiled from the Convention Journal, newspaper reports of election returns and manuscript election certificates.
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