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Jensen, Merrill; Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J. (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Pennsylvania
2 (1976)

A. The assembly calls the state convention,   pp. 58-111


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I. ASSEMBLY AND CONSTITUTION
The honorable the deputies representing this state in the late
Federal Convention being introduced, His Excellency the President
[Benjamin Franklin] of this commonwealth addressed the Speaker
in the following words:
"Sir: I have now the very great satisfaction of delivering to you,
and to this Honorable House, the result of our deliberations in the
late Convention. We hope and believe, that the measures recommend-
ed by that body will produce happy effects to this commonwealth, as
well as to every other of the United States."
His Excellency then presented to the Speaker the Constitution,2
agreed to in Convention, for the government of the United States,
which was read, as follows, viz.,
[The Constitution and the two accompanying documents signed
by George Washington are inserted in the Proceedings at this point.]
His Excellency the President of the state then addressed the Speaker
in the words following, viz.,
"Sir: Your delegates in Convention conceive it their duty, to submit
in a more particular manner to the consideration of this House, that
part of the Constitution just now read, which confers on the Congress
exclusive legislation over such district as may become the seat of gov-
ernment of the United States. Perhaps it would be advisable to pass
a law, granting the jurisdiction over any place in Pennsylvania, not
exceeding ten miles square, which, with the consent of the inhabitants,
the Congress might choose for their residence. We think, sir, that
such a measure might possibly tend to fix their choice within the
bounds of this commonwealth, and thereby essentially benefit the
citizens of Pennsylvania."
Adjourned until half past nine o'clock tomorrow, A.M.
1. Lloyd's Debates (Mfm:Pa. 48) are not printed here because they are almost
identical with the Proceedings.
2. The six-page Dunlap and Claypoole broadside (CC:76).
3. For the Assembly's action upon this recommendation, see Assembly Proceed-
ings, Friday, A.M., 28 September and Saturday, 29 September.
Newspaper Reports of Assembly Proceedings
Yesterday the frame of government was reported by the delegates of
Pennsylvania, agreeably to their instructions, to the General Assembly
of this state and read publicly in the presence of a large crowd of
citizens, who stood in the gallery of the Assembly room, and who
testified the highest pleasure in seeing that great work at last per-
fected, which promises, when adopted, to give security, stability, and
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