TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME,
KNOW YE, That the first Congress of the United States, at its first session,
held in New York, New York, on the twenty-fifth dny of September, in the year
one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine, passed the following resolution to
amend the Constitution of the United States of America, in the following words
and figures in part, to wit:
The Conventions of a number of the States having at the time of their adopting
the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or
abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should
be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government
will best ensure the benificent ends of its institution;
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United states of
America in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the
following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as
Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all or any of which
Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid
to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution, viz.:
Articles in addition to, and amendment of, the Constitution of the United
States of America, proposed by Congress and ratified by the Legislatures of
the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original
Article the Second...No law, varying the compensation for the services of the
Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of
Representatives shall have intervened.
And, further, that Section 106b, Title I of the United States Code provides
that whenever official notice is received at the National Archives and Records
Administration that any amendment proposed to the Constitution of the United
States has been adopted, according to the provisions of the Constitution, the
Archivist of the United States shall forthwith cause the amendment to be
published, with his certificate, specifying the States by which the same may
have been adopted, and that the same has become valid, to all intents and
purposes, as a part of the Constitution of the United States.
And, further, that it appears from official documents on file in the National
Archives of the United States that the Amendment to the Constitution of the
United States proposed as aforesaid has been ratified by the Legislahures of
the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut,
Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, lowa, Kansas, Louisiana,
Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New
Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio,
Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah,
Vernmont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
And, further, that the States whose Legislatures have so ratified the said
proposed Amendment constitute the requisite three fourths of the whole number
of States in the United States.
NOW, Therefore, be it known that I, Don W. Wilson, Archivist of the United
States by virtue and in pursuance of Section 106b, Title I of the United
States Code, do hereby certify that the aforesaid Amendment has become to all
intents and purposes, as a part of the Constitution of the United States.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the
National Archives and Records Administration to be affixed.
DONE at the City of Washington this 18th day of May in the year of our Lord
one thousand nine hundred and ninety-two.
DON W. WILSON
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