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

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

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The Pennsylvania Convention
13 December 1787
Convention Proceedings, A.M.
Convention met pursuant to adjournment.
The committee appointed to draft a Form of Ratification made
report of the following, viz.:
"In the Name of the PEOPLE of Pennsylvania.
"BE IT KNOWN UNTO ALL MEN,-That We, the Delegates of
the PEOPLE of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in General Con-
vention assembled, have assented to and ratified, and by these Presents
DO, in the Name and by the Authority of the same PEOPLE, and
for ourselves, assent to and ratify the foregoing Constitution for the
By special order, this Form was taken up for a second reading,
and adopted.
The Convention then proceeded (agreeably to the resolution of
yesterday) to the courthouse, where the above Ratification was pub-
licly read.
Convention Debates, A.M.
On Thursday the Convention being assembled, Mr. Whitehill re-
marked that the bill of rights, or articles of amendment, which he had
the day before presented to the chair, were not inserted upon the
Journals together with the resolution which referred to them. This
he declared an improper omission, and desired they might be inserted.
This was opposed by the majority, but as there was no motion before
the Convention, the President did not see how a determination could
take place, though he wished to know the sense of the members upon
this occasion. Mr. Smilie in consequence of this intimation, moved
for the insertion of Mr. Whitehill's articles. Mr. Wilson continued
his opposition, and called on Mr. Smilie to reduce his motion to
writing. "Indeed, sir," observed Mr. Smilie, "I know so well that if
the honorable member from the city says the articles shall not, they
will not be admitted, that I am not disposed to take the useless trou-
ble of reducing my motion to writing, and therefore I withdraw it."
Mr. Chambers exclaimed that the member from Fayette [John
Smilie] and his friends might be accustomed to the arrangement which
he alluded to, but neither Mr. Wilson nor those who agreed in

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