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4109 HISTORIC DOCUMENTS

New York- Wm. Floyd, Phil. Livingston, Frans. Lewis, Lewis

Morris.

Rhode Island-Step. Hopkins, William Ellery.

New Jersey-Richd. Stockton, Jno. Witherspoon, Fras. Hopkinson, John Hart, Abra. Clark.

Pennsylvania-Robt. Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benja. Franklin, John Morton, Geo. Clymer, Jas. Smith, Geo. Taylor, James

Wilson, Geo. Ross.

Delaware--Caesar Rodney, Geo. Read, Tho. M'Kean.

Maryland-Samuel Chase, Wm. Paca, Thos. Stone, Charles

Carroll of Carrollton.

Virginia-George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Th. Jefferson, Benja.

Harrison, Thos. Nelson, jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton.

North Carolina-Wm. Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn.

South Carolina-Edward Rutledge, Thos. Heyward, Junr.,

Thomas Lynch, Junr., Arthur Middleton.

Georgia-Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, Geo. Walton.

ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION AND PERPETUAL UNION

Between the States of New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay,

Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut, New

York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

[Editor's Note: The Articles of Confederation were drawn up by a committee

of gentlemen, who were appointed by Congress for this purpose, June 12, 1776,

and finally adopted November 15,1777. The committee were Messrs. Bartlett,

Samuel Adams, Hopkins, Shennan, R. R. Livingston, Dickinson, M'Kean, Stone,

Nelson, Howes, E. Rutledge, and Gwinnett.]

ARTICLE I

The style of this confederacy shall be "THE UNITED STATES

OF AMERICA

ARTICLE II

Each State retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence,

and every power, jurisdiction, and right, which is not by this confederation expressly delegated to the United States in Congress

assembled.

ARTICLE III

The said States hereby severally enter into a firm league of friendship with each other, for their common defense, the security of their

liberties, and their mutual and general welfare, binding themselves