The Ratification of the Conventions of nine States, shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution between the States so ratifying the same.
done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven and of the Independence of the United States of America the Twelfth. In witness whereof We have hereunto subscribed our Names,
and deputy from Virginia
New Hampshire JOHN LANGDON
Massachusetts NATHANIEL GORHAM
Connecticut WM SAML JOHNSON
New York . . . . ALEXANDER HAMILTON
New Jersey WIL: LIVINGSTON
Pennsylvania B FRANKLIN
Delaware GEO: READ
GUNNING BEDFORD JUN
Maryland JAMES MCHENRY
DAN OF ST THOS JENIFER
Virginia JOHN BLAIR--
JAMES MADISON JR.
North Carolina WM BLOUNT
RICHD DOBBS SPAIGHT
South Carolina CHARLES COTESWORTH PINCKNEY
Georgia WILLIAM FEW
In Convention Monday, September 17th 1787.
The States of
New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, MR Hamilton from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
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 the Senate, for the sole Purpose of receiving, opening and counting the Votes for President; and, that after he shall be chosen, the Congress, together with the President, should, without Delay, proceed to execute this Constitution.
By the Unanimous Order of the Convention
Go: WASHINGTON--Presidt. W. JACKSON Secretary.