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title:“Journal Notes of the Pennsylvania Ratification Convention”
authors:Anonymous
date written:1787-12-15

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"Journal Notes of the Pennsylvania Ratification Convention." The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution. Vol. 2. Ed. Merrill Jensen. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 1976. 611-14. Print.

Journal Notes of the Pennsylvania Ratification Convention (December 15, 1787)

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment.
The committee appointed to consider the motion of James Wilson, relative to a cession to the United States of a district for the seat of the federal government, report the following resolution,
That when the Constitution, proposed by the late General Convention, shall have been organized, this commonwealth will cede to the Congress of the United States the jurisdiction over any place in Pennsylvania, not exceeding ten miles square, which, with the consent of the inhabitants, the Congress may choose, for the seat of the government of the United States, excepting only the city of Philadelphia, the district of Southwark, and that part of the Northern Liberties included within a line running parallel with Vine street, at the distance of one mile northward thereof, from the river Schuylkill to the southern side of the main branch of Cohockshink Creek, thence down the said creek to its junction with the river Delaware; but the marshland, and so much of the adjoining bank on the same side of the said creek as shall be necessary for the erecting any dams, or works to command the water thereof, are excluded from this exception.
On the question being put, the yeas and nays were called by Thomas M'Kean and Robert Whitehill, and were as follow.
YEAS [46]
1 George Latimer
2 Benjamin Rush
3 Hilary Baker
4 James Wilson
5 Thomas M'Kean
6 William M'Pherson
7 John Hunn
8 George Gray
9 Samuel Ashmead
10 Enoch Edwards
11 Henry Wynkoop
12 John Barclay
13 Thomas Yardley
14 Abraham Stout
15 Thomas Bull
16 Anthony Wayne
17 William Gibbons
18 Richard Downing
19 Thomas Cheney
20 John Hannum
21 Stephen Chambers
22 Robert Coleman
23 Sebastian Graff
24 John Hubley
25 Jasper Yeates
26 Henry Slagle
27 Thomas Campbell
28 Thomas Hartley
29 David Grier
30 John Black
31 Benjamin Pedan
32 Nicholas Lutz
33 John Arndt
34 Stephen Balliott
35 Joseph Horsefield
36 David Deshler
37 William Wilson
38 John Boyd
39 John Nevill
40 John Allison
41 Jonathan Roberts
42 John Richards
43 Frederick A. Muhlenberg
44 James Morris
45 Timothy Pickering
46 Benjamin Elliott NAYS [16]
1 John Harris
2 John Reynolds
3 Robert Whitehill
4 Jonathan Hoge
5 John Ludwig
6 John Bishop
7 James Martin
8 Joseph Powell
9 William Findley
10 John Baird
11 William Todd
12 James Edgar
13 Nathaniel Breading
14 John Smilie
15 Richard Bard
16 Adam Orth So it was carried in the affirmative.
On motion of Timothy Pickering, seconded by Stephen Chambers, Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Convention, that until the Congress shall have made their election of a district for the place of their permanent residence, and provided buildings for their accommodation, they may have the use of such of the public buildings within the city of Philadelphia, or any other part of this state, as they may find convenient.
On the question being put, the yeas and nays were called by Anthony Wayne and Stephen Chambers, and were as follow.
YEAS [48]
1 George Latimer
2 Benjamin Rush
3 Hilary Baker
4 James Wilson
5 Thomas M'Kean
6 William M'Pherson
7 John Hunn
8 George Gray
9 Samuel Ashmead
10 Enoch Edwards
11 Henry Wynkoop
12 John Barclay
13 Thomas Yardley
14 Abraham Stout
15 Thomas Bull
16 Anthony Wayne
17 William Gibbons
18 Richard Downing
19 Thomas Cheney
20 John Hannum
21 Stephen Chambers
22 Robert Coleman
23 Sebastian Graff
24 John Hubley
25 Jasper Yeates
26 Henry Slagle
27 Thomas Campbell
28 Thomas Hartley
29 David Grier
30 John Black
31 Benjamin Pedan
32 John Harris
33 Nicholas Lutz
34 John Arndt
35 Stephen Balliott
36 Joseph Horsefield
37 David Deshler
38 Joseph Powell
39 William Wilson
40 John Boyd
41 John Nevill
42 John Allison
43 Jonathan Roberts
44 John Richards
45 Frederick A. Muhlenberg
46 James Morris
47 Timothy Pickering
48 Benjamin Elliott NAYS [11]
1 John Reynolds
2 Robert Whitehill
3 John Ludwig
4 John Bishop
5 James Martin
6 John Baird
7 James Edgar
8 Nathaniel Breading
9 John Smilie
10 Richard Bard
11 Adam Orth So it was carried in the affirmative.
On motion of Stephen Chambers, seconded by Anthony Wayne, Resolved, That the President be directed to transmit to His Excellency the President of Congress, by the secretary [James Campbell], the Constitution as ratified by this Convention, together with the resolution respecting the cession of territory and the temporary residence of the honorable the Congress of the United States.
On motion of Thomas Hartley, seconded by Stephen Chambers,
Resolved, That three thousand copies of the Federal Constitution, and the Ratification thereof by this Convention, be printed in the English language, and two thousand copies in the German language, and delivered to the President, for the several members of this body, in proportion to the number of deputies from the several counties, to be distributed amongst their constituents.
2. The committee of accounts made report;
3. whereupon Resolved, That the President draw an order on the treasurer, in favor of James Campbell, Esquire for forty-one pounds, for his services as secretary to the Convention, including fifteen days' allowance for completing the business.
In favor of Andrew Burkhard, messenger, for his services, including four days' allowance, for fifteen pounds.
In favor of Joseph Fry, doorkeeper, for his services, including four days' allowance, for fifteen pounds.
In favor of James Martin, for his services, for six pounds fifteen shillings.
In favor of the secretary, for carrying the new Constitution of the United States, and Ratification thereof by this state, to Congress, for twenty pounds.
In favor of the secretary for four hundred pounds, to defray the printing of the Minutes and other contingent expenses, and that he account with the comptroller general for the same.
On motion, Resolved, That Mr. M'Kean, Mr. Latimer and Mr. Baker be a committee, for the purpose of revising the Minutes and superintending the printing thereof.
On motion of Thomas M'Kean, seconded by Stephen Chambers, Resolved, unanimously, That the thanks of this Convention be presented to the President, for the able and faithful manner in which he has discharged the duties of the chair.
4. Adjourned sine die.
James Campbell, Secretary

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