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red by the gentleman from Gloucester, (Mr. Seawell,) to insert in the fifth line of the first resolution, after the word"sovereignties, " the words "and still are sovereign." Mr. Scott, of Powhatan, moved to amend the amendment by adding after the word "sovereign," the words "over all powers not granted to the United States by the Constitution of the United States." Mr. Fisher, of Northampton, asked if there was any person in the United States who deemed that proposition? The Chairman.--That is not for the Chair to decide. Mr. Fisher desired to have something tangible to vote upon. Mr. Conrad, of Frederick, thought that altogether too much stress was placed upon the word sovereign. It was a word more applicable to European nations than to a Republican country. He thought there was no more relevancy in the insertion of the proposed amendment than in the insertion of any other truism. They might as well insert the whole bill of rights of Virginia. He would no
Evening session. The Committee was called to order by Mr. Southall, at 4 o'clock. Mr. Fisher, of Northampton, said the Committee had passed upon the two amendments offered, and he supposed the first resolution was now open for amendment. The Chairman.--Yes, sir. Mr. Fisher.--Then I propose to amend by striking out in the fifth line, after the word "instrument," the words "the people of each State agreed to associate with the people of the other States, upon a footing of exact equality, " and inserting in lieu thereof the words "each State acceded as a State, and is an integral party, and its co-States forming, as to itself, the other party." Mr. Fisher said his object in offering the amendment was to vindicate the truth of history. It was an undoubted fact that the Constitution was not submitted for ratification to the people of the United States as an aggregate mass, but each State acted for itself, in its separate character, in the highest attribute of its