Ratification of the Constitution by the State of Delaware, December 7, 1787.
Delaware was the first state to ratify the Constitution. Delaware's
ratification message was short and to the point. The following text is taken
from the Library of Congress's copy of Elliot's Debates.
We, the deputies of the people of the Delaware state, in Convention met,
having taken in our serious consideration the Federal 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 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
In testimony whereof, we have hereunto subscribed our names.
Daniel Cummins, Sen.
James Latimer, President,
Gunning Bedford, Sen.
Gunning Bedford, Jun.
To all to 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 Federal Constitution by the Convention of the Delaware state, which
original ratification is now in my possession.
In testimony whereof, I have caused the seal of the Delaware state to be