The First State Celebrates Constitution Day 2007

Slide Show of Historical Documents from the Delaware Public Archives

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Sussex County Petition for Paper Currency (circa 1787)


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John Dickinson's Report from the Annapolis Convention (Sept. 14, 1786)


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Letter from Charles Thomson stating support of Continental Congress for a Constitutional Convention (February 21, 1787)


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Act of the Delaware House of Assembly to nominate and elect Deputies to attend the Constitutional Convention (February 3, 1787)


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Letter from Charles Thomason, Secretary of Congress, containing the report (the United States Constitution) from the Convention “lately assembled in Philadelphia.” (September 28, 1787)


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Delaware House of Assembly Resolution calling for the election of delegates to Delaware’s Constitutional Ratification Convention (November 7, 1787)


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A Petition to the Delaware General Assembly in support of the ratification of the Constitution (October 24, 1787)


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A Petition to the Delaware General Assembly in support of establishing the Nation’s Capital in Delaware (October 24, 1787)


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Act of Congress to establish Government under the new Constitution (September 13, 1788)


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Letter from Charles Thomson, Secretary of Congress, announcing an Act of the United States Congress to put the operation of the ratified Constitution into operation (September 13, 1788)


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Receipt for Expenses at the Ratification Convention (December 7, 1787)


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Receipt for Expenses at the ratification Convention (December 7, 1787)


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Receipt for Expenses at the ratification Convention (December 7, 1787)


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Auditor of Accounts Waste Book noting state government expenses for the Ratification Convention (December 7, 1787)


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George Read


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Gunning Bedford, Jr.


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John Dickinson


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Richard Bassett