Ratification of the Constitution by the State of Georgia, January 2, 1788.
Georgia was the fourth state to do so. Georgia'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.
In Convention, Wednesday, January 2d, 1788.
To all to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting.
Whereas the form of a Constitution for the government of the United States
of America, was, on the 17th day of September, 1787, agreed upon and reported
to Congress by the deputies of the said United States convened in Philadelphia,
which said Constitution is written in the words following, to wit: —
And whereas the United States in Congress assembled did, on the 28th day of
September, 1787, resolve, unanimously, "That the said report, with the
resolutions and letter accompanying the same, be transmitted to the several
legislatures, in order to be submitted to a Convention of delegates chosen in
each state by the people thereof, in conformity to the resolves of the
Convention made and provided in that case;" —
And whereas the legislature of the state of Georgia did, on the 26th day of
October, 1787, in pursuance of the above-recited resolution of Congress,
resolve, That a Convention be elected on the day of the next general election,
and in the same manner that representatives are elected; and that the said
Convention consist of not more than three members from each county; and that
the said Convention should meet at Augusta, on the 4th Tuesday in December then
next, and, as soon thereafter as convenient, proceed to consider the said
report and resolutions, and to adopt or reject any part or the whole thereof;
Now know ye, that we, the delegates of the people of the state of Georgia,
in Convention met, pursuant to the resolutions of the legislature aforesaid,
having taken into our serious consideration the said Constitution, have
assented to, ratified, and adopted, and by these presents do, in virtue of the
powers and authority to us given by the people of the said state for that
purpose, for and in behalf of ourselves and our constituents, fully and
entirely assent to, ratify, and adopt, the said Constitution.
Done in Convention, at Augusta, in the said state, on the 2d day of January,
in the year of our Lord 1788, and of the independence of the United States the
In witness whereof, we have hereunto subscribed our names.
JOHN WEREAT, President,
and delegate for the county of Richmond.
County of Chatham,