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Ratification of the U.S. 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
Jospeh 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.


Reprinted from Documentary History of the Constitution, Vol. II (1894), PP. 25, 26.

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