George Washington Papers

To George Washington from the North Carolina Ratifying Convention, 4 December 1789

From the North Carolina Ratifying Convention

Fayette Ville, State of North Carolina

Sir,4th of December 1789.

By order of the Convention of the People of this State, I have the honor to transmit to you the Ratification and adoption of the Constitution of the United States by the said Convention in behalf of the People.1 With sentiments of the highest consideration and Respect, I have the honor to be, Sir, Your most faithful and Obedient Servant

Samuel Johnston
President of the Convention.

Copy, in writing of Tobias Lear, DNA: RG 46, First Congress, Records of Legislative Proceedings, President’s Messages; copy, DNA: RG 233, First Congress, Records of Legislative Proceedings, Journals; LB, DLC:GW.

1North Carolina ratified the Constitution on 21 Nov. 1789. GW submitted this letter, together with the North Carolina instrument of ratification, to Congress on 11 Jan. 1790 (DHFC description begins Linda Grant De Pauw et al., eds. Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791. 20 vols. to date. Baltimore, 1972—. description ends , 3:258–59). The enclosure was a copy of the “Adoption and Ratification of the Constitution of the United States by the State of North Carolina,” 21 Nov. 1789 (DLC:GW).

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