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4117 HISTORIC DOCUMENTS

consent of nine States, shall, from time to time, think expedient to vest

them with; provided, that no power be delegated to the said committee, for the exercise of which, by the Articles of Confederation,

the voice of nine States, in the Congress of the United States assembled, is requisite.

ARTICLE XI

Canada, acceding to this Confederation, and joining in the measures of the United States, shall be admitted into and entitled to all

the advantages of this Union; but no other colony shall be admitted

into the same, unless such admission be agreed to by nine States.

ARTICLE XII

All bills of credit emitted, moneys borrowed, and debts contracted by or under the authority of Congress, before the assembling

of the United States, in pursuance of the present Confederation,

shall be deemed and considered as a charge against the United

States, for payment and satisfaction whereof the said United States

and the public faith are hereby solemnly pledged.

ARTICLE XIII

Every State shall abide by the determination of the United States

in Congress assembled, in all questions which by this Confederation

are submitted to them. And the articles of this Confederation

shall be inviolably observed by every State, and the union shall be

perpetual; nor shall any alteration at any time hereafter be made

in any of them; unless such alteration be agreed to in a Congress of

the United States, and be afterwards confirmed by the legislature

of every State.

And whereas, it hath pleased the great Governor of the world to

incline the hearts of the legislatures we respectively represent in

Congress to approve of, and to authorize us to ratify the said Articles

of Confederation and Perpetual Union, Know ye, that we, the

undersigned delegates, by virtue of the power and authority to us

given for that purpose, do by these presents, in the name and in

behalf of our respective constituents, fully and entirely ratify and

confirm each and every of the said Articles of Confederation and

Perpetual Union, and all and singular the matters and things therein