The Delaware Form of Ratification


Dec 7, 1787


We the Deputies of the People of the Delaware State, in Convention met, having taken into our serious consideration the Foederal Constitution proposed and agreed upon by the Deputies of the United States in a General Convention held at the City of Philadelphia on the seventeenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven, Have approved, assented to, ratified, and confirmed, and by these Presents, Do, in virtue of the Power and Authority to us given for that purpose, for and in behalf of ourselves and our Constituents, fully, freely, and entirely approve of, assent to, ratify and confirm the said Constitution.

Done in Convention at Dover this seventh day of December in the year aforesaid, and in the year of the Independence of the United States of America the twelfth In Testimony whereof we have hereunto subscribed our Names—


John IngramNicholas RidgelyJas. Latimer, President
John JonesRichard SmithJames Black
William MooreGeorge TruittJno. James
William HallRichard BassettGunning Bedford Senr.
Thomas LawsJames SykesKensey Johns
Isaac CooperAllen McLaneThomas Wattson
Woodman StockleyDaniel CumminsSenr. Solomon Maxwell
John LawsJoseph BarkerNicholas Way
Thomas EvansEdward WhiteThomas Duff
Israel HollandGeorge ManloveGunng Bedford junr.
[SEAL] To all whom these Presents shall come Greeting, I Thomas Collins President of the Delaware State do hereby certify, that the above instrument of writing is a true copy of the original ratification of the Foederal Constitution by the Convention of the Delware State, which original ratification is now in y possession. In Testimony whereof I have caused the seal of the Delaware State to be hereunto annexed.

Thos. Collins