97. Massachusetts Centinel, 26 December 1787





From the PENNSYLVA. GAZETTE, Dec. 12.1


The Deputies of the State Convention of Delaware met at Dover, on Monday the 3d inst. and a House being formed, they elected James Latimer, Esq. President.—On Thursday they ratified the Federal Constitution by an UNANIMOUS vote, and on Friday EVERY MEMBER signed the ratification as follows:

“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 17th day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven, have approved of, 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 constituents, FULLY, FREELY and INTIRELY APPROVE OF, ASSENT TO, RATIFY and CONFIRM the said CONSTITUTION.”



On Wednesday the 12th inst. in the State Convention of Pennsylvania, the Hon. Mr. M’Kean, agreeably to notice given on a previous day, recurred to his motion made at the opening of the Convention, viz. “RESOLVED, That this Convention DO ADOPT and RATIFY the CONSTITUTION of Federal Government, as agreed upon by the Federal Convention at Philadelphia on the 17th day of September, 1787.” A lengthy debate took place, which did not close until 12 o’clock, at night, when the question being put, the numbers were, for the motion 44, against it 22. The next day proclamation of the same was publickly made, and was RATIFIED by the PEOPLE with those expressions of applause which the sons of freedom alone know how and when to give.2


Extract of a letter from a gentleman in Philadelphia,

dated Dec. 13, 1787.3

“I am abundantly happy in being able to communicate to you the good news of last evening, when our State convention confirmed the Federal Constitution by a great majority. Those members who were in the opposition are composed of some of our most ignorant and illiterate men, from the remote back counties, who do not speak the sentiments of their electors, but are led by three artful, cunning men, something of the cast of the Rhode-Island Know Ye Junto.—These three men came from three of our back counties, and have been remarkable, ever since the revolution, for opposing every good measure recommended by the more sensible and virtuous citizens, who (happy for us) are yet able to govern.—New-Jersey we expect will come into the measure in a few days: Delaware has done the business, and we trust the other States will follow of course, so that we may soon be fixed under a solid government.—The proceedings of the convention were proclaimed this day at the Court-house, amidst the acclamations of a croud of spectators.—The President and Council with all the civil and military officers of the city, with most of the respectable inhabitants marched in procession with the State Convention—the bells are chiming—13 cannon were discharged, and the minority are shrunk into contempt. We congratulate you on this happy prospect.”



A letter dated at New-York, Dec. 20, 1787, received in town yesterday has the following paragraph, which may be considered as authentick, viz.

“The NEW CONSTITUTION will undoubtedly be adopted—DELAWARE, PENNSYLVANIA, and NEW-JERSEY, have ratified and confirmed it.”4

Other accounts received yesterday confirm the above—on which we felicitate our readers.