Madison’s Notes: Federal Convention of 1787: September 1

Liberty Letters, 01 September 1787, James Madison

Editor’s Overview: Report from the Commission of Eleven offers some refinements to wording of previously accepted motions including the ineligibility of members of either house to serve in civil office during their time in office or visa versa, the establishment of uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies, and the full faith and credit clause. No discussion noted. Brief session.

Steve Farrell


Mr. BREARLEY from the Commission of eleven to which were referred yesterday, the postponed parts of the Constitution, and parts of Reports not acted upon, made the following partial report. That in lieu of the 9th Section: of Article 6 the words following be inserted viz: “The members of each House shall be ineligible to any civil office under the authority of the United States during the time for which they shall respectively be elected, and no person holding an office under the United States shall be a member of either House during his continuance in office.”

Mr. RUTLIDGE from the Committee to whom were referred sundry propositions (see August 29), together with Article XVI, reported that the following additions be made to the Report — viz:

After the word “States” in the last line on the Margin of the third page (see the printed Report) — add “to establish uniform laws on the subject of Bankruptcies.”

And insert the following as Article XVI viz:

“Full faith and credit ought to be given in each State to the public acts, records, and Judicial proceedings of every other State, and the Legislature shall by general laws prescribe the manner in which such acts, Records, and proceedings shall be proved, and the effect which Judgments obtained in one State, shall have in another.”

After receiving these reports

The House adjourned to Monday next

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