Saturday, September 17, 2011

September 17, 1787

At the Constitutional Convention, September 17, 1787:

"The engrossed Constitution being read, it was moved that the Constitution be signed by the members in the following, as a convenient form : —

"Done in Convention, by the unanimous consent of the states present the 17th September, &,c. In witness whereof, we have hereunto subscribed our names."

Somebody then decided that this would be as good of a time as any to move to change "forty thousand" to "thirty thousand" in the part of the Constitution concerning the number of constituents per representative.  It passed.  Then,

"On the question to agree to the Constitution, enrolled in order to be signed, —all the states answered, 'Ay.'  On the question to agree to the above form of signing, it passed in the affirmative."

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