Documents Illustrative of the Formation of the Union of the American States

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DEBATES IN THE FEDERAL CONVENTION OF 1787 AS
REPORTED BY JAMES MADISON.

1Monday May 14th 1787 was the day fixed for the meeting of the deputies in Convention for revising the federal system of Government. On that day a small number only had assembled. Seven States were not convened till, Friday 25 of May, when the following members2 appeared to wit: see Note A.3

Viz,3 From Massachusetts Rufus King. N. York Robert Yates,4 Alexr. Hamilton. N. Jersey, David Brearly, William Churchill Houston,4 William Patterson. Pennsylvania, Robert Morris, Thomas Fitzsimmons, James Wilson4 Govurneur Morris. Delaware, George Read, Richard Basset, Jacob Broome. Virginia, George Washington, Edmund Randolph, John Blair, James Madison, George Mason, George Wythe, James Mc.Clurg. N. Carolina, Alexander Martin, William Richardson Davie, Richard Dobbs Spaight,4 Hugh Williamson. S. Carolina, John Rutlidge, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Charles Pinckney,4 Pierce Butler. Georgia, William Few.

Mr. ROBERT MORRIS informed the members assembled that by the instruction & in behalf, of the deputation of Pena. he proposed George Washington Esqr. late Commander in chief for president of the Convention.5 Mr. JNo. RUTLIDGE, seconded the motion; expressing his confidence that the choice would be unanimous, and observing that the presence of Genl. Washington forbade any observations on the occasion which might otherwise be proper.

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Text and footnotes reprinted from The Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787, edited by Gaillard Hunt and James Brown Scott(Wash., 1920). The text of the present edition of Madison's Debates has been read against the manuscript of the transcript in the Library of Congress, and every difference between Madison's original manuscript and the transcript has been noted except typographical differences, such as capitalization, spelling (including abbreviation of words and figures), punctuation and paragraphing.

The word "Debates" is used as a heading in the transcript.

2
Madison is not uniform in the spelling of proper names, but the correct form in each instance is to be found in the credentials of the delegates.
3
The words "to wit: see Note A. viz," are omitted in the transcript.
4
The word "and" is here inserted in the transcript.
5
The paragraph in brackets beginning with the words "The nomination" and ending with the word "house" is printed as a footnote in the transcript with reference mark after the word "Convention."

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