Elliot’s Debates: Volume 4

Convention of South Carolina

Wednesday, May 21, 1788.

Gen. SUMPTER, agreeably to notice given yesterday, (Tuesday, 20th,) moved for an adjournment of the Convention to the (20th October) twentieth day of October next, in order to give time for the further consideration of the Federal Constitution. After considerable debate, it was rejected by a majority of (46) forty-six—yeas, eighty-nine. (89;) nays, one hundred and thirty-five (135).

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