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for the same, the legislature of the United States shall call a convention for the purpose of amending the constitution : Or, should Congress, with the consent of two thirds of each house, propose to the states amendments to the same, the agreement of two thirds of the legis. latures of the states shall be sufficient to make the said amendments parts of the constitution.

The ratification of the 12 ton conventions of 1679938 od 11: slates shall be sufficient for organizing this constitution.

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mo 6. Ordered, That the said draft be referred to the committee of the whole house appointed to consider of the state of the American union.

And then the house adjourned till to-morrow morning at 10 o'clock.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 1787.

"The honourable Roger Sherman, Esq. a deputy of the state of Connecticut, attended and took his seat.

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Mr. President left the chair.

IN A COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE.

Mr. Gorham, chosen by ballot, look the chair of the committee.

The propositions offered yesterday to the consideration of the house, by Mr. Randolph, were read; and on motion of Mr. Randolph, seconded by Mr. G. Morris," That the consideration of the first resolution con"tained in the said propositions. be postponed," · It passed in the affirmative.

It was then moved by Mr. Randolph, and seconded by Mr. G. Morris, to substitute the following resolution in the place of the first resolution :

Resolved, That an union of the states, merely federal, will not accomplish the objects proposed by the articles of confederation, namely,

“Common defence, security of liberty, and general "welfare."

It was moved by Mr. Butler, seconded by Mr. Randolph, to postpone the consideration of the said resolution, in order to take up the following resolution, submitted by Mr. Randolph, namely,

Resolved, That a national government ought to be established, consisting of a supreme legislative, judiciary, and executive.

It was moved by Mr. Read, seconded by Mr. C.C. Pinckney, to postpone the consideration of the last resolution, in order to take up the following:

Resolved, That in order to carry into execution the design of the states, in forming this convention, and to accomplish the objects proposed by the confederation, “a more effective government consisting of a legisla“tive, judiciary, and executive, ought to be establish16 ed."

On the question to postpone, in order to take up the last resolution, the question was lost.

Yeas-Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, South Carolina

4 Nays-New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina

On motion to agree to the said resolution moved by Mr. Butler, it passed in the affirmative ; and the resolution as agreed to, is as follows:

Resolved, That it is the opinion of this committee that a national government ought to be established consisting of a supreme legislative, judiciary, and executive.

Yeas-Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina

6 NAY-Connecticut

1 DIVIDED-New York

1 The following resolution was then moved by Mr. Randolph :

Resolved, That the rights of suffrage in the national legislature ought to be proportioned to the quotas of contribution, or to the number of free inhabitants, as the one or the other rule may seem best in different cases.

It was moved by Mr. Hamilton, seconded by Mr. Spaight, that the resolution be altered so as to read,

Resolved, That the rights of suffrage in the national legislature ought to be proportioned to the number of free inhabitants.

It was moved and seconded, that the resolution be postponed;

And on the question to postpone, come n741) It passed in the affirmative.

The following resolution was moved by Mr. Randolph, seconded by Mr. Madison :

Resolved, That the rights of suffrage in the national legislature ought to be proportioned.

It was moved and seconded to add the words," and "pot according to the present system."

On the question to agree to the amendments

It passed in the affirmative.

It was then moved and seconded so to alter the resolution that it should read,

Resolved, That the rights of suffrage in the national legislature ought not to be according

It was then moved and seconded to postpone the consideration of the last resolution.

And on the question to postpone,
It passed unanimously in the affirmative.

The following resolution was then moved by Mr. Madison, seconded by Mr. G. Morris :

Resolved, That the equality of suffrage, established by the articles of confederation, ought not to prevail in the national legislature ; and that an equitable ratio of representation ought to be substituted.

It was moved and seconded to postpone the consideration of the last resolution.

And on the question to postpone,
It passed in the affirmative.

It was moved and seconded that the committee de now rise.

IN THE HOUSE.

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Mr. President resumed the chair.
Mr. Gorham reported from the committee,

That the committee had made a progress in the matter to them referred ; and had directed him to move that they may have leave to sit again.

Resolved, That this house will to-morrow again resolve itself into a committee of the whole house to consider of the state of the American union.

And then the house adjourned till to-morrow at 10 o'clock, A. M.

THURSDAY, MAY 31, 1787,

The honourable William Pierce Esq. a deputy of the state of Georgia, attended and took his seat.

The following credentials were produced and read. [See p. 54.]

The order of the day being read,

The house resolved itself into a committee of the whole house to consider of the state of the American wnion.

Mr. President left the chair.

IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE.

Mr. Gorham in the chair.

It was moved and seconded that the committee proceed to the consideration of the following resolution, submitted by Mr. Randolph :

Resolved, That the national legislature ought to "consist of two branches."

And on the question to agree to the said resolution, It passed in the affirmative.

Yeas—Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina 7 Nar-Pennsylvania

1 It was then moved and seconded to proceed to the consideration of the following clause of the fourth resolution, submitted by Mr. Randolph :

"Resolved, That the members of the first branch of "the pational legislature ought to be elected by the

11 19 Benog " people of the several states."

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