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

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VARIANT TEXTS OF THE VIRGINIA PLAN, PRESENTED
BY EDMUND RANDOLPH TO THE FEDERAL
CONVENTION, MAY 29, 1787.

TEXT A.

[Quoted from Hunt, Gaillard, and Scott, James B., ed. Debates in the Federai Convention of 1987 Reported by James Madison. ( New York, 1920), pp. 23-26.]

1. Resolved that the Articles of Confederation ought to be so corrected & enlarged as to accomplish the objects proposed by their institution; namely, "common defence, security of liberty and general welfare."
2.Res! thexefore that the rights of suffrage in the National Legislature ought to be proportioned to the Quotas of contribution, or to the number of free inhabitants, as the one or the other rule may seem best in different cases.
3. Resd. that the National Legislature ought to consist of two branches.
4. Resd. that the members of the first branch of the National Legislature ought to be elected by the people of the several States every for the term of ;to be of the age of

years at least, to receive liberal stipends by which they may be compensated for the devotion of their time to 1public service; to be ineligible to any office established by a particular State, or under the authority of the United States, except those beculiarly belonging to the functions of the first branch, during the term of service, and for the space of after its expiration; to be incapable of reelection for the space of after the expiration of their term of service, and to be subject to recall.

5. Resold. that the members of the second branch of the National Legislature ought to be elected by those of the first, out of a proper number of persons nominated by the individual Legislatures, to be of the age of years at least; to hold their offices for a term sufficient to ensure their independency;2 to receive liberal stipends,
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1
The word "the" is here inserted in the transcript.
2
The word "independency" is changed to "independence" in the transcript.

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