Resolution by the Constitutional Convention concerning the ratification of the constitution
United States. Constitutional Convention (1787)
Volume 20, Pages 775-776
RESOLUTIONS OF THE CONVENTION.
In Convention, Monday, Sept. 17th, 1787.
Present: The States of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Mr. Hamilton from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia.
Resolved, That the preceding 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 is is the opinion of this Convention, that as soon
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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 publications 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.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, Pres.
WILLIAM JOHNSON, Secretary.