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 ====== Proceedings of commissioners to remedy defects of the Federal Government ====== ====== Proceedings of commissioners to remedy defects of the Federal Government ======
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 +**Sources:​** \\
 +[[https://​teachingamericanhistory.org/​resources/​ratification/​elliot/​vol1/​annapolis/​|Teaching American History ]] \\
 +[[https://​avalon.law.yale.edu/​18th_century/​annapoli.asp|Avalon Project]]
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 ANNAPOLIS IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND ANNAPOLIS IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND
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 The Commissioners from the said States, respectively assembled at Annapolis, humbly beg leave to report. The Commissioners from the said States, respectively assembled at Annapolis, humbly beg leave to report.
  
-That, pursuant to their several appointments,​ they met, at Annapolis in the State of Maryland, on the eleventh day of September Instant, and having proceeded to a Communication of their powers; they found that the States of New York, Pennsylvania,​ and Virginia, had, in substance, and nearly in the same terms, authorised their respective Commissioners “to meet such Commissioners as were, or might be, appointed by the other States in the Union, at such time and place, as should be agreed upon by the said Commissioners to take into consideration the trade and Commerce of the United States, to consider how far an uniform system in their commercial intercourse and regulations might be necessary to their common interest and permanent harmony, and to report to the several States such an Act, relative to this great object, as when unanimously ratified by them would enable the United States in Congress assembled effectually to provide for the same.”+That, pursuant to their several appointments,​ they met, at Annapolis in the State of Maryland, on the eleventh day of September Instant, and having proceeded to a Communication of their powers; they found that the States of New York, Pennsylvania,​ and Virginia, had, in substance, and nearly in the same terms, authorised their respective Commissioners “to meet such Commissioners as were, or might be, appointed by the other States in the Union, at such time and place, as should be agreed upon by the said Commissioners to take into consideration the trade and Commerce of the United States, ​<wrap hi>to consider how far an uniform system in their commercial intercourse and regulations might be necessary to their common interest and permanent harmony</​wrap>​, and to report to the several States such an Act, relative to this great object, as when unanimously ratified by them would enable the United States in Congress assembled effectually to provide for the same.”
  
 That the State of Delaware, had given similar powers to their Commissioners,​ with this difference only, that the Act to be framed in virtue of those powers, is required to be reported “to the United States in Congress assembled, to be agreed to by them, and confirmed by the Legislatures of every State.” That the State of Delaware, had given similar powers to their Commissioners,​ with this difference only, that the Act to be framed in virtue of those powers, is required to be reported “to the United States in Congress assembled, to be agreed to by them, and confirmed by the Legislatures of every State.”
  
-That the State of New Jersey had enlarged the object of their appointment,​ empowering their Commissioners,​ “to consider how far an uniform system in their commercial regulations and other important matters, might be necessary to the common interest and permanent harmony of the several States,” and to report such an Act on the subject, as when ratified by them “would enable the United States in Congress assembled, effectually to provide for the exigencies of the Union.”+That the State of New Jersey had enlarged the object of their appointment,​ empowering their Commissioners,​ “to consider how far an uniform system in their commercial regulations and other important matters,<wrap hi> ​might be necessary to the common interest and permanent harmony of the several States,” and to report such an Act on the subject, as when ratified by them “would enable the United States in Congress assembled, effectually to provide for the exigencies of the Union.”</​wrap>​
  
 That appointments of Commissioners have also been made by the States of New Hampshire, Massachusetts,​ Rhode Island, and North Carolina, none of whom however have attended; but that no information has been received by your Commissioners,​ of any appointment having been made by the States of Connecticut,​ Maryland, South Carolina or Georgia. That appointments of Commissioners have also been made by the States of New Hampshire, Massachusetts,​ Rhode Island, and North Carolina, none of whom however have attended; but that no information has been received by your Commissioners,​ of any appointment having been made by the States of Connecticut,​ Maryland, South Carolina or Georgia.
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 Your Commissioners decline an enumeration of those national circumstances on which their opinion respecting the propriety of a future Convention, with more enlarged powers, is founded; as it would be an useless intrusion of facts and observations,​ most of which have been frequently the subject of public discussion, and none of which can have escaped the penetration of those to whom they would in this instance be addressed. They are however of a nature so serious, as, in the view of your Commissioners to render the situation of the United States delicate and critical, calling for an exertion of the united virtue and wisdom of all the members of the Confederacy. Your Commissioners decline an enumeration of those national circumstances on which their opinion respecting the propriety of a future Convention, with more enlarged powers, is founded; as it would be an useless intrusion of facts and observations,​ most of which have been frequently the subject of public discussion, and none of which can have escaped the penetration of those to whom they would in this instance be addressed. They are however of a nature so serious, as, in the view of your Commissioners to render the situation of the United States delicate and critical, calling for an exertion of the united virtue and wisdom of all the members of the Confederacy.
  
-Under this impression, Your Commissioners,​ with the most respectful deference, beg leave to suggest their unanimous conviction, that it may essentially tend to advance the interests of the union, if the States, by whom they have been respectively delegated, would themselves concur, and use their endeavours to procure the concurrence of the other States, in the appointment of Commissioners,​ to meet at Philadelphia on the second Monday in May next, to take into consideration the situation of the United States, to devise such further provisions as shall appear to them necessary to render the constitution of the Fæderal Government adequate to the exigencies of the Union; and to report such an Act for that purpose to the United States in Congress assembled, as when agreed to, by them, and afterwards confirmed by the Legislatures of every State, will effectually provide for the same.+Under this impression, Your Commissioners,​ with the most respectful deference, beg leave to suggest their unanimous conviction, that it may essentially tend to advance the interests of the union, if the States, by whom they have been respectively delegated, would themselves concur, and use their endeavours to procure the concurrence of the other States, in the appointment of Commissioners,​ to meet at Philadelphia on the second Monday in May next, to take into consideration the situation of the United States, ​<wrap hi>to devise such further provisions as shall appear to them necessary to render the constitution of the Fæderal Government adequate to the exigencies of the Union;</​wrap> ​and to report such an Act for that purpose to the United States in Congress assembled, as when agreed to, by them, and afterwards confirmed by the Legislatures of every State, will effectually provide for the same.
  
 Though your Commissioners could not with propriety address these observations and sentiments to any but the States they have the honor to Represent, they have nevertheless concluded from motives of respect, to transmit Copies of this Report to the United States in Congress assembled, and to the executives of the other States. Though your Commissioners could not with propriety address these observations and sentiments to any but the States they have the honor to Represent, they have nevertheless concluded from motives of respect, to transmit Copies of this Report to the United States in Congress assembled, and to the executives of the other States.
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