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Sept 28

Friday Sept 28. 1787*

Congress assembled present Newhampshire Massachusetts Connecticut New York New Jersey Pensylvania, Delaware Virginia North Carolina South Carolina and Georgia and from Maryland Mr Ross

Congress having received the report of the Convention. lately assembled in Philadelphia

Resolved Unanimously that the said Report with the resolutions and letter accompanying the same be transmitted to the several legislatures in Order to be submitted to a convention of Delegates chosen in each state by the people thereof in conformity to the resolves of the Convention made and provided in that case.

*From the "Rough" Journal of Congress (No. 1, vol. 38).




Office of Secretary of Congress
Sept 28th 1787-

In obedience to an unanimous resolution of the United States in Congress Assembled, a copy of which is annexed, I have the honor to transmit to Your Excellency, the Report of the Convention lately Assembled in Philadelphia, together with the resolutions and letter accompanying the same; And have to request that Your Excellency will be pleased to lay the same before the Legislature, in order that it may be submitted to a Convention of Delegates chosen in Your State by the people of the State in conformity to the resolves of the Convention, made & provided in that case.

with the greatest respect

I have the honor &c

C: T

transmitting the

Report of the Convention

* From the recorded letters of the "Office of Secretary of Congress" (No. 18, p. 129).



Delaware State. Kent County.—

December 22d 1787—

I received yours of the 28th of Novb' last, enclosed therewith the Journals of Congress from the 6th of Novb' 1786. to the 30th of October 1787

I have attended to the reasons Assigned by you with regard to a Speedy and constant representation in Congress, and am perfectly of your Opinion, that the honor and Interest of the Confederacy require it.-Therefore I have taken the Necessary Steps to furnish a speedy Representation in Congress from this State, which I trust will be accomplished in a short time. I have herewith enclosed a Certified Copy of the Ratification of the Fœderal Constitution, as formed by the Convention of the United States, at Philadelphia in September last, by a Convention of this State, which you are requested to lay before Congress.—

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President of Convention state of Delaware-transmitting

ratification of the Constitution

Read Jan-22d 1788

We the Deputies of the People of the Delaware State, in Convention met, having taken into our serious consideration the Fœderal Constitution proposed and agreed upon by the Deputies of the United States in a General Convention held at the City of Philadelphia on the seventeenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven, Have approved, assented to, ratified, and confirmed, and by these Presents, Do, in virtue of the Power and Authority to us given for that purpose, for and in behalf of ourselves and our Constituents, fully, freely, and entirely approve of, assent to, ratify, and confirm the said Constitution.

Done in Convention at Dover this seventh day of December in the year aforesaid, and in the year of the Independ ence of the United States of America the twelfth. In Testimony whereof we have hereunto subscribed our Names

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To all whom these Presents shall come Greeting, I Thomas Collins President of the Delaware State do hereby certify, that the above instrument of writing is a true copy of the original ratification of the Fœderal Constitution by the Convention of the Delaware State, which original ratification is now in my possession. In Testimony whereof I have caused the seal of the Delaware State to be hereunto an'exed.




Ratification of the Foederal Constitution by the Delaware


Recorded-page 78.

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