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title:“Draft Motions by John Dickinson”
authors:John Dickinson
date written:1787-5-30

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Dickinson, John. "Draft Motions by John Dickinson." Supplement to Max Farrand's The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787. Ed. James H. Hutson. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987. 31-32. Print.
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Autograph Document, Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Draft Motions by John Dickinson (May 30, 1787)

John Dickinson: Draft Motions I.
1. That an union of the States merely federal cannot accomplish the Objects of the Confederation, namely "Common Defense Security of Liberty and General Wellfare."1
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2. That no Treaty or Treaties between any of the states as individual Sovereigns can accomplish the Objects proposed by their Institution; namely "Common Defense Security of Liberty and General Wellfare."
3. Resolved therefore that a National Government ought to be established consisting of a supreme Legislature Judiciary and Executive instead of "accomplishing the Object, of the Confederation" say securing the Liberty and promoting the Happiness of the People of3
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Resolved, 2—That to accomplish the Objects proposed by the Confederation, a more effective Government, consisting of a Legislative, Judiciary and Executive ought to be established Resolved 1—That the Confederation is so defective that it cannot accomplish the Objects proposed by it, namely "Common Defense security of Liberty and general Wellfare."

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