Agreed to by Congress November 15, 1777; ratified and in force, March 1, 1781.
In Witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands in Congress. Done at Philadelphia in the State of Pennsylvania the ninth Day of July in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven Hundred and Seventy-eight, and in the Third Year of the independence of America.
On the part and behalf of the State of New Hampshire:
John Wentworth Junr. August 8th 1778
On the part and behalf of The State of Massachusetts Bay:
On the part and behalf of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations:
On the part and behalf of the State of Connecticut:
On the Part and Behalf of the State of New York:
On the Part and in Behalf of the State of New Jersey, November 26, 1778.
On the part and behalf of the State of Pennsylvania:
John Bayard Smith
Joseph Reed 22nd July 1778
On the part and behalf of the State of Delaware:
Tho Mckean February 12, 1779
John Dickinson May 5th 1779
Nicholas Van Dyke
On the part and behalf of the State of Maryland:
John Hanson March 1 1781
On the Part and Behalf of the State of Virginia:
Richard Henry Lee
Francis Lightfoot Lee
On the part and Behalf of the State of No Carolina:
John Penn July 21st 1778
On the part and behalf of the State of South Carolina:
William Henry Drayton
Thos Heyward Junr
On the part and behalf of the State of Georgia:
Jno Walton 24th July 1778
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. Their very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be 'cured' against one's will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.
-C. S. Lewis, God in the Dock