4109 HISTORIC DOCUMENTS
New York- Wm. Floyd, Phil. Livingston, Frans. Lewis, Lewis
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.]
The style of this confederacy shall be "THE UNITED STATES
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
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