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.
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.
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.
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