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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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LEGISLATURE, 24 NOVEMBER 1787
1. Votes and Proceedings of the House of Delegates of the State of Maryland. November Session,
1787. ... (Annapolis, 1788) (Evans 21224), 9, 10. The two resolutions adopted on this
day and the vote on the resolution concerning Maryland's delegates to the Constitutional
Convention appeared in the Maryland Journal on 27 November and the Maryland Chronicle
on 28 November. Outside Maryland both resolutions were reprinted in eight newspapers
by 8 January 1788: N.H. (1), Mass. (3), N.Y (3), and Pa. (1). The Baltimore Maryland
Gazette, 27 November 1787, printed the first resolution and the roll-call vote. The Phila-
delphia American Museum reprinted the first resolution in its December issue. The reso-
lution recommending the calling of a convention alone was reprinted in eleven news-
papers by 22 December: N.H. (1), Mass. (4), R.I. (2), Conn. (1), N.J. (1), and Pa. (2).
No newspaper outside Maryland printed the vote on the resolution concerning the Con-
stitutional Convention delegates.
2. Virginia Governor Edmund Randolph's letter of 14 November included the Virginia
General Assembly's resolutions of 31 October calling a state convention to consider the
Constitution. For the letter and resolutions, see RCS:Va., 118-19. Randolph's letter is in
State Papers, Box A, in the Maryland State Archives.
3. "Horatio," Baltimore Maryland Gazette, 22 April 1788, claimed that Samuel Chase
made this motion (RCS:Md., 551).
Senate Proceedings, Saturday, 24 November 1787 (excerpt)'
. .. The president lays before the senate a letter from  his excellency
the governor, enclosing an act of the late federal convention; which
were read.
On motion, RESOLVED, That George Gale, Charles Carroll, of Car-
rollton, John Hall and Daniel Carroll, Esquires,2 be a committee to take
the same into consideration, and report thereon....
1. Votes and Proceedings of the Senate, 4. Governor William Smallwood transmitted the
"Act of the late Convention at Philadelphia" to the General Assembly in a letter dated
24 November. He stated that the act had been "omitted when the other Communications
were sent" to the Senate (Mfm:Md. 23).
2. All members of the committee were Federalists. George Gale of Somerset County
was elected to the Maryland Convention and voted to ratify the Constitution in April
1788. Charles Carroll and John Hall, both residents of Anne Arundel County, were de-
feated in their elections, while Daniel Carroll of Montgomery County does not appear
to have been a candidate.
House of Delegates Proceedings, Saturday, 24 November 1787
(excerpt)'
... Mr. Key delivers to Mr. Speaker the following resolutions, viz.
RESOLVED, That it be recommended to such of the inhabitants of this
state as are entitled to vote for delegates in the general assembly, to meet
in their respective counties, the city of Annapolis and Baltimore-town,
on               at the several places fixed by law for holding the annual
elections, to choose               persons (who shall have such qualifi-
cations as are requisite for members in the house of delegates within
this state) to serve in the state convention, for the purpose of taking
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