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Arti­cle. VII.

The Rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the Con­ven­tions of nine States, shall be suf­fi­cient for the Estab­lish­ment of this Con­sti­tu­tion between the States so rat­i­fy­ing the Same.

The Word, “the,” being inter­lined between the sev­enth and eighth Lines of the first Page, The Word “Thirty” being partly writ­ten on an Erazure in the fif­teenth Line of the first Page, The Words “is tried” being inter­lined between the thirty sec­ond and thirty third Lines of the first Page and the Word “the” being inter­lined between the forty third and forty fourth Lines of the sec­ond Page.

Attest William Jack­son
Secretary

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,

Go. WASHINGTON — Presidt.
and deputy from Virginia

             New Hampshire {          
             JOHN LANGDON
NICHOLAS GILMAN
             Massachusetts {          
             NATHANIEL GORHAM
RUFUS KING
             Connecticut {          
             WM. SAML. JOHNSON
ROGER SHERMAN
             New York .…          
             ALEXANDER HAMILTON
             New Jersey {          
             WIL: LIVINGSTON
DAVID BREARLEY.
WM. PATERSON.
JONA: DAYTON
             Pennsylvania {          
             B FRANKLIN
THOMAS MIFFLIN
ROBT MORRIS
GEO. CLYMER
THOS. FITZ SIMONS
JARED INGERSOLL
JAMES WILSON
GOUV MORRIS
             Delaware {          
             GEO: READ
GUNNING BEDFORD jun
JOHN DICKINSON
RICHARD BASSETT
JACO: BROOM
             Maryland {          
             JAMES MCHENRY
DAN OF ST THOS. JENIFER
DANL CARROLL
             Virginia {          
             JOHN BLAIR
JAMES MADISON jr          
             North Carolina {          
             WM. BLOUNT
RICHD. DOBBS SPAIGHT
HU WILLIAMSON
             South Carolina {          
             J. RUTLEDGE
CHARLES COTESWORTH PINCKNEY
CHARLES PINCKNEY
PIERCE BUTLER

             Georgia {

             WILLIAM FEW
ABR BALDWIN

             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 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.


           Notes:

1. The title was not a part of the orig­i­nal doc­u­ment. It was added when the doc­u­ment was printed.

2. Our scanned images show this as a semi-colon, which can be seen in the image at the National Archives.

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