Elliot’s Debates: Volume 1

Journal of the Federal Convention

Saturday, June 30, 1787.

The following resolution was moved and seconded, namely:—

Resolved, That the president be requested to write to the supreme executive of the state of New Hampshire, and inform him that the business before the Convention is of such a nature as to require the immediate attendance of the gentlemen appointed by that state to this Convention.”

On the question to agree to this resolution, it passed in the negative.

Yeas: New York, New Jersey, 2. Nays: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, 5. Divided: Maryland, 1.

It was then moved and seconded to take up the resolution submitted to the consideration of the house yesterday, namely:—

Resolved, That in the second branch of the legislature of the United States, each state will have an equal vote.”

After some time passed in debate, the house voted unanimously to adjourn till Monday next, at 11 o’clock, A. M.

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