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gress, to approve of, and to authorise us to

ratify the said articles of confederation and

perpetual union: Know ye, that we, the

undersigned Delegates, by virtue of the

power and authority to us given for that

purpose, do, by these presents, in the name

and behalf of our respective constituents, ■

fully and entirely ratify and confirm each and

every of the said articles of confederation and

perpetual union, and all and singular the

matters and things therein contained. And

we do further solemnly plight and engage

the faith of our respective constituents, that

they shall abide by the determinations of the

United States in Congress assembled, on all

questions which by the said confederation

are submitted to them; and that the articles

thereof shall be inviolably observed by the

States we respectively represent; and that

the union shall be perpetual. In witness

whereof, we have hereunto set cur hands' in

Congress.

JDONE at Philadelphia, in the State of

Pennsylvania, the gth day of July, in the

year of our Lord 1778, and in the third

year of the Independence of America.

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The aforesaid articles of confederation were finally ratified on the first day of March 1781; the State of Maryland having, by their Members in Congress, on that day acceded thereto, and completed the same.

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s ROGER SHERMAN,

I SAMUEL HUNTINGTON,

CONNECTICUT, < Oliver Walcott,

j TITUS OSMER,
LANDREW ADAMS.

s JAMES DUANE,

j FRANCIS LEWIS,

) WILLIAM DUER,

I GOVERNEUR MORRIS.

I JOHN WITHERSPOON,
I NATHANIEL SCUDDER.

f ROBERT MORRIS,

I DANIEL ROBERDEAU,

PENNSYLVANIA, < Jonathan Bayard Smith

I WILLIAM CLINGAM,
LJOSEPH REED.

NEW-YORK,
NEW-JERSEY,

DELAWARE,
MARYLAND,

C THOMAS M'KEAN,
-} JOHN DICKENSON,
t NICHOLAS VANDYKE,

J JOHN HANSON,
i DANIEL CARROLL.

VIRGINIA,

N. CAROLINA, S. CAROLINA, GEORGIA,

sRICHARD HENRY LEE, J JOHN BANISTER, \ THOMAS ADAMS, ) JOHN HARVEY, tFRANCIS LIGHTFOOT LEE,

s JOHN PENN,

} CORNELIUS HARNETT,

I JOHN WILLIAMS.

HENRY LAURENS,

{WILL. HENRY DRAYTON, JOHN MATTHEWS, RICHARD HUTSON, THOMAS HEYWARD, jun

f JOHN WALTON. } EDWARD TELFAIR, (EDWARD LONGWORTHY.

A COL

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COLLECTION

OF THE

CONSTITUTIONS

OF THE

THIRTEEN UNITED STATES, &c.

NEW-HAMPSHIRE.

In C O N G R E S S, at Exeter, Jan. 5, 1776.

WE, the Members of the Congress of the colony of New-Hampshire, chosen and appointed by the free suffrages of the people of said colony, and authorized and impowered by them to meet together, and use such means, and pursue such measures, as we shall judge best for she public good; and. in particular to establish some form of government, provided that measure should be recommended by the Continental Congress; and a recommendation to that purpose having been transmitted to us

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from the said Congress; have taken into our serious consideration the unhappy circum- . stances in which this colony is involved, by means of many grievous and oppressive Acts of the British Parliament, depriving us of our native and constitutional rights and privileges; to enforce obedience to which Acts, a powerful fleet and army have been sent into this country by the Ministry of Great-Britain, who have exercised a wanton and cruel abuse of their power, in destroying the lives and properties of the colonists, in many places, with fire and sword, taking the ships and lading from many of the honest and industrious inhabitants of this colony, employed in commerce, agreeable to the laws^nd customs a long time used here:

The sudden and abrupt departure of his Excellency John Wentworth, Esq. our late Governor, and several of the Council, leaving us destitute of legislation ; and no executive courts being open to punish criminal offenders, whereby the lives and properties of the honest people of this colony are liable to the machinations and evil designs of wicked men: Therefore, for the preservation of peace and

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