CHAPTER 214

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, the Constitution of the United States was signed on September 17, 1787, and had by June 21, 1788, been ratified by the necessary number of States, the State of Delaware being the First State to ratify on December 7, 1787, and

WHEREAS, George Washington was inaugurated as the First President of the United States on April 30, 1789,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Richard C. McMullen, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby designate the period from September 17, 1937 to April 30, 1938 as one of commemoration of the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the signing and the ratification of the Constitution and of the inauguration of the first President under that Constitution.

In commemorating this period we shall affirm our debt to those who ordained and established the Constitution "in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity."

We shall recognize that the Constitution is an enduring instrument fit for the governing of a far-flung population.

It is, therefore, appropriate that in the period herein set apart we shall think afresh of the founding of our Government under the Constitution, how it has served us in the past and how in the days to come its principles will guide the Nation ever forward.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Richard C. McMullen, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be hereunto affixed this first day of September, in

(Great Seal) the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and thirty-seven and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and sixty-second.

By the Governor:

RICHARD C. McMULLEN CHARLES L. TERRY, JR., Secretary of State.