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Passed in the negative. Four ayes, eight does.
A third amendment was moved in behalf of Maryland :
Article 1x. After the words “ shall be deprived of “territory for the benefit of the United States," insert " the United States in Congress assembled shall have “ the power to appoint commissioners, who shall be 6 fully authorized and empowered to ascertain and re“strict the boundaries of such of the confederated “ states which claim to extend to the river Mississippi 6 or South Sea." • After debate,
Resolved, That the consideration thereof be postponed till to-morrow.
TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 1778.
Congress proceeded to consider the amendment of the articles of confederation moved in behalf of Ma. ryland.
On the question to agree, the ayes and nays being required by Mr. Marchant
New Hampshire, Mr. Bartlett, No. >No.
Mr. S. Adams,
Mr. Marchant, Ay. Av.
South Carolina, Mr. Laurens, No.)
Mr. Drayton, No.
The delegates from New Hampshire, being called on, informed Congress, that the state of/New Hamp: / shirehave, in their general assembly, agreed to the articles of confederation as they now stand; and have empowered their delegates to ratify the same in be. . half of their state.
The delegates of Massachusetts Bay, being called on, read sundry objections, transmitted to them by their constituents, to the articles of confederation; and thereupon moved in behalf of their state ::.
1. That the eighth article be reconsidered, so far as relates to the criterion fixed on for settling the proportion of taxes to be paid by each state, that an amend. ment may be made, so that the rule of apportionment may be varied from time to time, by Congress, until experience shall have showed what rule of apportionment will be most equal, and consequently most just.
2. That the fifth section of the ninth article be re. considered so far as relates to the rule of apportioning the number of forces to be raised by each state on the requisitions of Congress.
3. That the sixth section of the nioth article be reconsidered so far as it makes the assent, of nine states, necessary to exercise the powers with which Congress are thereby invested.
The delegates for Rhode Island, being called, proproduced instructions from their constituents; and thereupon moved the following amendments:
1. In the fifth article, after the word “two,” insert members, unless by sickness, death, or any other
"unavoidable accident, but one of the members of a “ state can attend Congress ; in which case, such state " may be represented in Congress by one member for “the space of
months." Question put, Passed in the negative. One ay, nine noes. se,
2. In the eighth article, after the word “appoint,"' insert " such estimate to be taken and made once in "every five years."
stort Question out. .. .
todas die besonders Passed in the negative. Four ayes, six noes.lrytas
3. In the ninth article, at the end of the second paragraph, after the words “for the benefit of the Unit. 56ed States," add "provided nevertheless, that all 66 lands within these states, the property of which be6 fore the present war was vested in the crown of “Great Britain, or out of which revenues from quits “rents arise, payable to the said crown, shall be deem66 ed, taken, and considered, as the property of these “ United States; and be disposed of and appropriated e by Congress, for the benefit of the whole confederaGcy, reserving, however, to the states within whose " limits such crown lands may be, the entire and com, o plete jurisdiction thereoff
The delegates from Connecticut, being called on, produced instructions; and thereupon moved the following amendments :
1. In the eighth article, after the words “in propor“tion to,” strike out what follows to the end of the sentence; and in lieu thereof insert “ the number of “ inhabitants in each state.”/
2. In the ninth article, at the end of the fifth paraį graph, add the words following: “ provided that no
"land army shall be kept up by the United States in
'. The delegates of New York, being called on, pro
duced under the great seal of their state an exemplification of an act of the legislature thereof, ratifying the articles of confederation as passed by Congress, with a proviso, that the same shall not be binding on the state until all the other states in the union ratify the same.
The delegates from New Jersey, being called on, laid before Congress a representation of the legislative council and general assembly of their state, respecting the articles of confederation.
Adjourned to ten o'clock to-morrow,