Letter: But who ratified the Constitution?  

I enjoyed your long article of Oct. 30 about the James Madison vs. James Monroe election for a seat in the United States House of Representatives in 1789.

However, the author of the article is in error in twice stating that in Virginia the United States Constitution was ratified in 1788 by the Virginia General Assembly.

The Philadelphia Convention that drafted the Constitution in 1787 recommended that it “be submitted to a Convention of Delegates, chosen in each state by the people thereof.” In accordance with that recommendation, and later instructions from the Continental Congress, Virginia’s ratification of the Constitution was the act of a convention of 170 delegates elected by the voters.

T. Page Johnson
Luray, Virginia

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