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title:“Convention Resolution Recommending Cession of Land For Federal Capital”
authors:Anonymous
date written:1787-12-7

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"Convention Resolution Recommending Cession of Land For Federal Capital." The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution. Vol. 3. Ed. Gaspare J. Saladino and John P. Kaminski. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 1978. 108-09. Print.
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Convention Resolution Recommending Cession of Land For Federal Capital (December 7, 1787)

Delaware State Sst.
I Thomas Collins Esquire, President and Commander in Chief of The Delware State, do certify, that among the Journals and Proceddings of the late Convention of the said State, assembled to deliberate & decide upon the New Constitution proposed for the Government of The United States, it is thus contained:
"In Convention of the Delaware State, Decemr. 7th. 1787
The Convention having taken into Consideration the Subject of Cession of Territory within this State for the Seat of the Federal Government, and the exclusive Legislation of Congress, as recommended by the Legislature of this State:
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Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Convention, that a Cession of Territory, not exceeding Ten Miles square, be made to Congress for the Seat of the Federal Government and their exclusive Legislation, in such Part of this State as Congress may think proper to make Choice of; and in Case the Congress shall fix the Seat of the Federal Government within this State, this Convention do hereby on Behalf of the People of this State, as far as in them lies, cede, and make over, to the Congress of The United States, the exclusive Legislation over such District of Territory, not exceeding Ten Miles square, for the Seat of the Government of The United States, wherever they may make Choice of the same within this State.
Resolved, That this Convention recommend to the Legislature of this State, that in Case of the Acceptance by Congress, of the Cession of Territory made by this Convention, any other or further Assurance should be necessary, in Order to carry the Intention of this Convention into Execution, as to the Cession aforesaid, that the Legislature should take such Steps as their Wisdom may direct, for the Assuring and Confirming to Congress the Cession so made by this Convention."-all , which by the Tenor of these Presents, I have caused to be exemplified.-
In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and affixed my Seal, at Arms, at Kent County, this twenty fourth Day of April-in the Year of Our Lord One thousand seven hundred and eighty eight. T
Thos. Collins

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