New York Assembly. Appointment as
Delegate to the Constitutional Convention
[New York, March 6, 1787]
Resolved, that the Honorable Robert Yates, John Lansing, junior, and Alexander Hamilton, Esquires, be, and they are hereby declared duly nominated and appointed Delegates on the part of this State, to meet such Delegates as may be appointed on the part of the other States respectively, on the second Tuesday in May next, at Philadelphia, for the sole and express purpose of revising the Articles of Confederation, and reporting to Congress, and to the several Legislatures, such alterations and provisions therein, as shall when agreed to in Congress, and confirmed by the several States, render the fœderal Constitution adequate to the exigencies of government, and the preservation of the Union.1
New York Assembly Journal description begins Journal of the Assembly of the State of New York (Publisher and place vary, 1782–1788). description ends , 1787, 84.
1. In conformity with the recommendation of the Annapolis Convention and a congressional resolve of February 21, 1787, the legislature of New York appointed delegates to the Constitutional Convention. (See “Resolution on the Appointment of Delegates to the Constitutional Convention,” February 26, 1787.) Although the Assembly proposed that five delegates be appointed, the Senate’s preference for a delegation of three was accepted (New York Assembly Journal description begins Journal of the Assembly of the State of New York (Publisher and place vary, 1782–1788). description ends , 1787, 68, 71).