Ratification of the Constitution by the State of Maryland, April 28, 1788.
Maryland was the seventh state to do so. Maryland's ratification message was
very short and to the point. The following text is taken from the Library of
Congress's copy of Elliot's Debates.
In Convention of the Delegates of the People of the State of Maryland,
April 28, 1788.
We, the delegates of the people of the state of Maryland, having fully
considered the Constitution of the United States of America, reported to
Congress by the Convention of deputies from the United States of America, held
in Philadelphia, on the 17th day of September, in the year 1787, of which the
annexed is a copy, and submitted to us by a resolution of the General Assembly
of Maryland, in November session, 1787, do, for ourselves, and in the name and
on the behalf of the people of this state, assent to and ratify the said
In witness whereof, we have hereunto subscribed our names.
GEO. PLATER, President. Richard Barnes,
N. Lewis Sewall,
Thomas S. Lee,
John Cheslea, Jun.
G. R. Brown,
Michael Jenifer Stone,
R. Goldsborough, Jun.,
James Gordon Heron,
A. C. Hanson,
James M. Henry,
William Deakins, Jun.
Attest. Wm. Harwood, Clerk.