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ed them to deny the power of taxation to the newly constructed confederacy. A very few years sufficed to show that a general or federal government, dependent on the voluntary quota of taxes to be furnished by each State, and without the power of taxation, could not be self-sustaining. The Continental Congress passed an act authorizing a convention of all the original thirteen States, to assemble at Philadelphia in 1787 to adopt a new constitution. The convention, presided over by General Washington, adopted the new constitution known as the Constitution of 1789, and in accordance with its own provisions submitted it to the several States for their adoption or rejection. Let it at once be noted that by the very terms of this constitution, it was to become a constitution over the States only when nine of the original thirteen States should, in convention assembled, adopt the same; thus placing it in the power of four of the smallest of the original thirteen States, with an insigni