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