Contains a composite narrative of the ratification of the covenant.
He was an enthusiastic advocate of the Federal constitution, and in 1788 exerted strong influence to secure its ratification by his native state.
The American forces were withdrawn in May and June 1848 after the ratification of the treaty by Mexico.
When he first read that instrument he was very much opposed to the consolidated government which it provided, but was induced to befriend it by resolutions which were passed at a mass meeting of Boston mechanics or "tradesmen" - his own firmest supporters - and by the suggestion that its ratification should be accompanied by a recommendation of amendments designed chiefly to supply the omission of a bill of rights.
By this arrangement a period of nearly four years usually elapses between the proposal and the final ratification of an amendment.