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Pursuant to adjournment the Convention reassembled at Concord, May 30, 1792.
A committee appointed to canvass the votes cast on the proposed amendments to the Constitution reported to the Convention that forty-six (46) had been adopted and twenty-six (26) rejected. The fact that amendments had been rejected upon which some of those adopted depended made further changes imperative. On Monday, June 4th, it was voted, “ That a Committee be chosen to consider what further amendments to the Constitution are necessary to be sent out to the people. The Committee appointed were Mr. Page (Charlestown), Mr. Hoit & Mr. Livermore of Portsmouth, and that they prepare an address to accompany the amendments.” (p.144.)
(The editor of Province and State Papers, Vol. X, has searched in vain for an address as ordered to be sent out to the people.) (p. 144.)
This Committee reported on the following day a new draft of parts of the Constitution embodying the changes necessary to make a consistent whole. Their report was accepted by the Convention, and it was voted to submit the new amendments to the legal voters on August 27, 1792, to be voted upon en bloc.
The text of the amendments, together with the vote on them, is given on pages 1717:
On June 5th the Convention adjourned to the first Wednesday of September, 1792.
The Convention reassembled on September 5, 1792, when a canvass of the votes showed that the last amendments to the Constitution had been ratified.
"Voted that Mr. Newcomb, Mr. Plumer, & Mr. E. S. Livermore, be a Committee to report to the Convention a true copy of the Constitution as revised and agreed to by the people.” (p. 167.)
This Committee reported as follows:
“ In Convention held at Concord the fifth day of September, Anno Domini 1792, the returns from the several towns and incorporated places being examined, and it appearing that the foregoing Bill of Rights and form of government as amended by the Convention, were approved by more than two-thirds of the qualified voters present in town meetings and voting upon the question ;—the same are agreed on and established by the Delegates of the people in Convention, and declared to be the Civil Constitution of the State of New Hampshire.” (p. 167.)
The Convention then dissolved, just one year lacking two days from the date of their first assembling.
Because of the large number of changes made in the Constitution by this Convention it has been popularly known as the “ Constitution of 1792.” But it will be seen from the seventy-two (72) amendments that they are in no sense a new Constitution. Judge Allen, in State v. Saunders, says, “ • The Constitution of 1792 ' is a misnomer. In article 20, of the Bill of Rights, and in article 89 of the second part of the Constitution heretofore' means before 1784." (N. H. Reports, Vol. 66, p. 72.)
The Journal of the Convention of 1791–2 has been printed in Vol. X, of the Province and State Papers, pp. 1-196.
IN ADDITION TO AND AMENDMENT OF THE
STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE
AGREED TO BY THE CONVENTION OF SAID STATE, AND
THE SEVENTH DAY OF THE MONTH,
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