ARTICLE VII. The ratification of the conventions of nine states, shall be sufficient for the establishment of this Constitution between the states so ratifying the same. .
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The ratification of the conventions of nine states, shall be sufficient for the establishment of this Constitution between the states so ratifying the same.
Gouverneur Morris urged the Constitutional Convention “to hasten their deliberations to conclusion.” Any delay was dangerous, Morris warned; the more “the people have time to hear the variety of objections the Constitution would evoke, the more doubtful its fate would be.”
After signing the Constitution, September 17th, 1787, the delegates “adjourned to the City Tavern, dined together and took a cordial leave of each other.”
For most delegates this farewell dinner marked only a brief respite between the two stages of their Constitutional labors.
Most would lead the struggle of obtaining nation-wide acceptance of the Constitution
“a breach of any of the articles of the confederation by any of the parties to it, absolves the other parties from their respective obligations, and gives them the right if they chuse to exert it, of dissolving the Union altogether.”James Madison
A fundamental change in the rule of ratification would be necessary
Federalism vs. Antifederalism
June 21, 1788New Hampshire became the 9th State to Ratify the Constitution The rest would eventually follow fearing otherwise being separated from the Union