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title:“Thomas Lloyd's Notes of the Pennsylvania Ratification Convention”
date written:1787-11-24

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"Thomas Lloyd's Notes of the Pennsylvania Ratification Convention." The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution. Vol. 2. Ed. Gaspare J. Saladino and John P. Kaminski. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 1976. 334. Print.

Thomas Lloyd's Notes of the Pennsylvania Ratification Convention (November 24, 1787)

McKean: The subject, now, Mr. President, comes fully and fairlybefore us. Our first object must be to ascertain the proper mode ofproceeding to obtain a final decision. We are without precedent toguide us, yet those forms observed by other public bodies, so far asthey are eligible, may generally be proper for us to adhere to. So far, therefore, as the rules of the legislature of Pennsylvania apply with convenience to our circumstance, I acquiesce in their adoption.
I now think it necessary, sir, to make you a motion, notthat I apprehend it can be determined until a full investigation of the subject before us is had. This motion will be, sir, that thisConvention do assent to and ratify the Constitution agreed to on the17th of September last by the Convention of the United States of America held at Philadelphia.
Upon this motion being seconded, sir, the consideration ofthe Constitution will be necessarily drawn on. Every objection that canbe suggested against the work will be listened to with attention, answered, and perhaps obviated. And finally, after a full discussion, the ground will be ascertained on which we are to receive or reject thesystem now before you. I do not wish this question to be decided today; tho perhaps it may be determined this day week. I offer you this forthe sake of form, and shall hereafter trouble you with another motionthat may bring the particular parts of this Constitution before you for a regular and satisfactory investigation.

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