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The Fœderalist.

provisions, as shall appear to them necessary to render the Constitution of the Fœderal Government adequate to the exigencies of the Union; and to report such an Act for that purpose, to the United States in Congress assembled, as when agreed to by them, and afterwards confirmed by the Legislature of every State, will effectually provide for the same."

The recommendatory Act of Congress is in the words following: "Whereas, there is provision in the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, for making alterations therein, by the assent of a Congress of the United States, and of the Legislatures of the several States: And whereas experience hath evinced, that there are defects in the present Confederation; as a mean to remedy which, several of the States, and particularly the State of New York, by express instructions to their delegates in Congress, have suggested a Convention for the purposes expressed in the following resolution; and such Convention appearing to be the most probable mean of establishing in these States a firm National Government: — 

"Resolved, — That in the opinion of Congress it is expedient, that on the 2d Monday of May next a Convention of delegates, who shall have been appointed by the several States, be held at Philadelphia, for the sole and express purpose of revising the Articles of Confederation, and reporting to Congress and the several Legislatures such alterations and provisions therein, as shall, when agreed to in Congress, and confirmed by the States, render the Fœderal Constitution adequate to the exigencies of Government and the preservation of the Union."

From these two Acts, it appears, 1st, that the object of the Convention was to establish, in these States, a firm National Government; 2d, that this Government was to be such as would be adequate to the exigencies