Constitutional Convention, Week of 29 May 1787

Constitutional Convention, Week of 29 May 1787

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Transcripts and other information related to the convention during the week beginning 29 May 1787

Wednesday, in committee of the whole house

  • Philadelphia, PA

In a Committee of the whole House

Wednesday May 30, 1787

Agreeably to the order of the day the House resolved itself into a Committee of the whole House to consider of the State of the American Union %u2013 Mr. Gorham in the chair.

The proposition offered yesterday to the consideration of the House by Mr. Randolph were read %u2013 and on motion of Mr. Randolph, seconded by Mr. G. Morris:

That the consideration of the first resolution contained in the said proposition be postponed.

It passed in the affirmative.

It was then moved by Mr. Randolph and seconded by Mr. G Morris to substitute the following resolution in the place of the first resolution:

Resolved that an union of the States, merely federal, will not accomplish the objects proposed by the articles of confederation, namely "Common defence, security of liberty, and general welfare.

It was moved by Mr. Butler seconded by Mr. Randolph to postpone the consideration of the said resolution in order to take up the following resolution submitted by Mr. Randolph namely:

Resolved that a national government ought to be established consisting of a supreme legislative, judiciary, and executive.

It was moved by Mr. Read seconded by Mr. C. C. Pinckney to postpone the consideration of the last resolution in order to take up the following:

Resolved That in order to carry into execution the design of the State in forming this convention and to accomplish the objects proposed by the confederation "A more effective government consisting of a Legislative, Judiciary, and Executive ought to be established"

On the question to postpone, in order to take up the last resolution, the question was lost.

On motion to agree to the said resolution moved by Mr. Butler it passed in the affirmative %u2013 and the resolution, as agreed to, is as follows:

Resolved that it is in the opinion of this Committee that a national government ought to be established consisting of a supreme Legislative, Judiciary, and Executive

The following resolution was then moved by Mr. Randolph:

Resolved that the rights of suffrage in the national legislature ought to be proportioned to the quotas of contribution, or to the number of free inhabitants, as the one or the other rule may seem best in different cases.

It was moved by Mr. Hamilton seconded by Mr. Spaight that the resolution be altered so as to read:

Resolved that the rights of suffrage in the national legislature ought to be proportioned to the number of free inhabitants.

It was moved and seconded that the resolution be postponed %u2013 and on the question to postpone it passed in the affirmative.

The following resolution was moved by Mr. Randolph seconded by Mr. Madison:

Resolved that the rights of suffrage in the national legislature ought to be proportioned

It was moved and seconded to add the words "and not according to the present system"

On the question to agree to the amendment it passed in the affirmative.

It was then moved and seconded so to alter the resolution that it should read

Resolved that the rights of suffrage in the national legislature ought not to be according %u2026

It was then moved and seconded to postpone the consideration of the last resolution %u2013 and, on the question to postpone, it passed in the affirmative

The following resolution was then moved by Mr. Madison seconded by Mr. G Morris.

Resolved that the equality of suffrage established by the articles of confederation ought not to prevail in the national legislature and that an equitable ratio of representation ought to be substituted

It was moved and seconded to postpone the consideration of the last resolution

And on the question to postpone it passed in the affirmative.

It was moved and seconded that the Committee do now rise.


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