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Constitutional Convention. Remarks on the Ratification of the Constitution, [10 September 1787]

Constitutional Convention. Remarks on the
Ratification of the Constitution

[Philadelphia, September 10, 1787]

Mr. Hamilton. No Convention convinced of the necessity of the plan will refuse to give it effect on the adoption by nine States.1 He thought this mode less exceptionable than the one proposed in the article, and would attain the same end.

Hunt and Scott, Debates description begins Gaillard Hunt and James Brown Scott, eds., The Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 Which Framed the Constitution of the United States of America. Reported by James Madison (New York, 1920). description ends , 541.

1Nathaniel Gorham had made the following objection to H’s earlier remarks of the same day (see “Constitutional Convention. Remarks on the Manner of Ratifying the Constitution,” September 10, 1787): “Some States will say that nine States shall be sufficient to establish the plan, others will require unanimity for the purpose. And the different and conditional ratifications will defeat the plan altogether” (Hunt and Scott, Debates description begins Gaillard Hunt and James Brown Scott, eds., The Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 Which Framed the Constitution of the United States of America. Reported by James Madison (New York, 1920). description ends , 541).

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