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Page 11 I--The Development of Article V at
the Federal Convention of 1787 (Cont.)
The Committee of Style and Arrangement
the Committee of Detail required two weeks to write the first draft of
the Constitution, the Committee of Style and Arrangement created on September 8
(see image, far left) took only two working days to craft the final
language of the Constitution (see: Page 12, Table 8) referred to them by the convention on September 10 (see image near
left). The committee reported back to the convention on September 12 (see image, right).
The convention made further alterations to the committee's text many of which affected the
amendment process now labeled
Article V by the Committee of Style and Arrangement. The Constitution
was engrossed on September
15. After a signing ceremony on September
17, the Federal Convention of 1787 adjourned sine die.
The Committee of Style
(shown in order above) was comprised of William Samuel Johnson [member
Confederation Congress, 1785-87; United States Senator (CT) 1789-1791],
James Madison, Rufus King [member Confederation
Congress, 1784-87; United States Minister to Great Britain, 1796-1803, 1825-1826, United
States Senator (NY) 1813-25], Alexander Hamilton and Gouverneur Morris.
William Samuel Johnson
chaired the committee. However historians generally agree the final
text of the Constitution was primarily written by Gouverneur Morris.
The August 6 report of the Committee of Detail may be read on Page 12,
Table 6. The report of the Committee of Detail as amended by the
convention submitted on the Committee of Style and Arrangement on
September 10 (as reconstructed by Farrand) may be read on Page 12, Table 7. The September 12
Committee of Style and Arrangement report to the convention may be read
on Page 12, Table 8. The final Constitution as
revised by the convention between September 12 and September 15 may be
read on Page 12, Table 10.
Highlighted copies of the amendment and ratification articles at its
various stages of its development are presented below. The first table
contains the text from the Committee of Detail report of August 6. The
next table contains copies of the
amendment and ratification articles as revised by the convention and
presented to the Committee of Style and Arrangement on September 10 as
complied by Farrand. The next table shows the September 12 version of
amendment and ratification articles as presented to the convention by
the Committee of Style and Arrangement. The last table is the final
the amendment and ratification articles as revised by the convention
on September 15.