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

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THE PLAN OF CHARLES PINCKNEY
(SOUTH CAROLINA),
PRESENTED TO THE FEDERAL CONVENTION,
MAY 29, 1787.
(Quoted from American Historical Review, Vol. IX, pp. 741-747]
OUTLINE OF THE PLAN.
A Confederation between the free and independent States of N. H. etc. is hereby solemnly made uniting them together under one general superintending Government for their common Benefit and for their Defense and Security against all Designs and Leagues that may be injurious to their Interests and against all Forc[e] [?]1 and Attacks offered to or made upon them or any of them.
The Stile
Mutual Intercourse--Community of Privilege--Surrender of Criminals--Faith to Proceedings etc.
Two Branches of the Legislature--Senate--House of Delegates--together the U. S. in Congress assembled

H. D. to consist of one Member for every thousand Inhabitants ⅗ of Blacks included

Senate to be elected from four Districts--to serve by Rotation of four years--to be elected by the H. D. either from among themselves or the People at large

The Senate and H. D. shall by joint Ballot annually chuse the Presidt. U. S. from among themselves or the People at large.--In the Presdt the executive authority of the U. S. shall be vested.-- His Powers and Duties--He shall have a Right to advise with the Heads of the different Departments as his Council
Council of Revision, consisting of the Presidt. S. for for. Affairs, S. of War, Heads of the Departments of Treasury and Admiralty or any two of them togr wt the Presidt.
The Members of S. and H. D. shall each have one Vote, and shall be paid out of the common Treasury.
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Or Foes.

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