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The First Pillar: Delaware Ratifies the Constitution

Ratification of the Constitution by the State of Delaware; December 7, 1787.

We the Deputies of the People of the Delaware State, in Convention met, having taken into our serious consideration the Federal Constitution proposed and agreed upon by the Deputies of the United States in a General Convention held at the City of Philadelphia on the seventeenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven, Have approved, assented to, ratified, and confirmed, and by these Presents, Do, in virtue of the Power and Authority to us given for that purpose, for and in behalf of ourselves and our Constituents, fully, freely, and entirely approve of, assent to, ratify, and confirm the said Constitution.


Done in Convention at Dover this seventh day of December in the year aforesaid, and in the year of the Independence of the United States of America the twelfth. In Testimony whereof we have hereunto subscribed our Names-

Sussex County


JOHN INGRAM

JOHN JONES

WILLIAM MOORE

WILLIAM HALL

THOMAS LAWS

ISAAC COOPER

WOODMAN STORKLY

JOHN LAWS

THOMAS EVANS

ISRAEL HOLLAND

Kent County


NICHOLAS RIDGELEY

RICHARD SMITH

GEORGE TRUITT

RICHARD BASSETT

JAMES SYKES

ALLEN MCLANE

DANIEL CUMMINS senr

JOSEPH BARKER

EDWARD WHITE

GEORGE MANLOVE

New Castle County


JAs LATIMER, President

JAMES BLACK

JNo JAMES

GUNNING BEDFORD senr

KENSEY JOHNS

THOMAS WATSON

SOLOMON MAXWELL

NICHOLAS WAY

THOMAS DUFF

GUNNG BEDFORD Junr

To all whom these Presents shall come Greeting, I Thomas Collins President of the Delaware State do hereby certify, that the above instrument of writing is a true copy of the original ratification of the Federal Constitution by the Convention of the Delaware State, which original ratification is now in my possession. In Testimony whereof I have caused the seal of the Delaware State to be hereunto an'exed.


THOs COLLINS




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