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

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RESOLUTION OF THE FEDERAL CONVENTION
SUBMITTING THE CONSTITUTION TO
CONGRESS, SEPTEMBER 17, 1787.1

IN CONVENTION MONDAY SEPTEMBER 17th 1787.

Present
The States of
New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Mr Hamilton from
New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland,
Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Resolved,

That the preceeding Constitution be laid before the United States in Congress assembled, and that it is the Opinion of this Convention, that it should afterwards be submitted to a Convention of Delegates, chosen in each State by the People thereof, under the Recommendation of its Legislature, for their Assent and Ratification; and that each Convention assenting to, and ratifying the Same, should give Notice thereof to the United States in Congress assembled.

Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Convention, that as soon as the Conventions of nine States shall have ratified this Constitution, the United States in Congress assembled should fix a Day on which Electors should be appointed by the States which shall have ratified the same, and a Day on which the Electors should assemble to vote for the President, and the Time and Place for commencing Proceedings under this Constitution. That after such Publication the Electors should be appointed, and the Senators and Representatives elected: That the Electors should meet on the Day fixed for the Election of the President, and should transmit their Votes certified, signed, sealed and directed, as the Constitution requires, to the Secretary of the United States in Congress assembled, that the Senators and Representatives should convene at the Time and Place assigned; that the Senators should appoint a President of

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Reprinted from Documentary History of the Constitution, Vol. II ( 1894), pp. 20, 21.

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