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gress, to approve of, and to authorise us to ratify the said articles of confederation and perpetual union : Know ye, that we, the undersigned Delegates, by virtue of the power and authority to us given for that purpose, do, by these presents, in the name and behalf of our respective constituents, fully and entirely ratify and confirm each and every of the said articles of confederation and perpetual union, and all and fingular the matters and things therein contained. And we do further solemnly plight and engage the faith of our respective constituents, that they shall abide by the determinations of the United States in Congress assembled, on all questions which by the said confederation are submitted to them; and that the articles thereof shall be inviolably observed by the States we respectively represent; and that the union shall be perpetual. In witness whereof, we have hereunto set cur hands in Congress. DONE at Philadelphia, in the State of

Pennsylvania, the 9th day of July, in the year of our Lord 1778, and in the third year of the Independence of America.

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The aforesaid articles of confederation were

finally ratified on the first day of March 1781; the State of Maryland having, by their Members in Congrefs, on that day acceded thereto, and completed the fame.

NEW-HAMP S JOSIAH BARTLETT,
SHIRE,

JOHN WENTWORTH, jun.
JOHN HANCOCK,

SAMUEL ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS. } ELBRIDGE GERRY. BAY,

FRANCIS DANA, | JAMES LOVELL,

LSAMUEL HOLTEN. RHODE ISLAND, WILLIAM ELLERY.

HENRY MERCHANT,
&c.

(JOHN COLLINS.
CROGER SHERMAN,

1 SAMUEL HUNTINGTON, CONNECTICUT, OLIVER WALCOTT,

TITUS OSMER,
| ANDREW ADAMS.
STAMES DUANE,

FRANCIS LEWIS,
NEW-YORK,

WILLIAM DUER,

(GOVERNEUR MORRIS. NEW-JERSEY, S JOHN WITHERSPOON,

NATHANIEL SCUDDER.
S ROBERT MORRIS,

I DANIEL ROBERDEAU, PENNSYLVANIA, { JONATHAN BAYARD SMITH

I WILLIAM CLINGAM,
I JOSEPH REED.

( THOMAS M‘KEAN, DELAWARE, { JOHN DICKENSON,

(NICHOLAS VANDYKE,
S JOHN HANSON,
DANIEL CARROLL.

MARYLAND,

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COLLECTION

OF THE

CONSTITUTIONS

F THE

T HI R Τ Ε Ε Ν UNITED STATES, &c.

NEW-H AMPSHIRE.

In CONGRE S S, at Exeter, Jan. 5, 1976. V E , the Members of the Congress of the

VV colony of New-Hampshire, chosen and appointed by the free fuffrages of the people of faid colony, and authorized and impowered by them to meet together, and use such means, and pursue such measures, as we shall judge best for the public good ; and, in particular to establish some form of government, provided that measure should be recommended by the Continental Congress; and a recommendation to that purpose having been transmitted to us

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from the faid Congress ; have taken into our serious consideration the unhappy circumstances in which this colony is involved, by means of many grievous and oppressive Acts of the British Parliament, depriving us of our native and constitutional rights and privileges ; to enforce obedience to which Acts, a powerful fleet and army have been sent into this country by the Ministry of Great-Britain, who have exercised a wanton and cruel abuse of their power, in destroying the lives and properties of the colonists, in many places, with fire and sword, taking the ships and lading from many of the honest and industrious inhabitants of this colony, employed in commerce, agreeable to the laws and customs a long time used here :

The sudden and abrupt departure of his Excellency John WENTWORTH, Esq. our late Governor, and several of the Council, leaving us destitute of legislation ; and no executive courts being open to punish criminal offenders, whereby the lives and properties of the honest people of this colony are liable to the machinations and evil designs of wicked men : . · Therefore, for the preservation of peace and

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