Delaware General Assembly





WHEREAS, Richard Bassett, Gunning Bedford, Jr., Jacob Broom, John Dickinson, and George Read represented Delaware in the Federal Constitutional Convention, which drafted a form of government for the former thirteen original colonies; and

WHEREAS, these representatives followed the directions of the General Assembly to uphold the rights of the smaller states; and

WHEREAS, by keeping the citizens of Delaware informed through speeches, newspapers and John Dickinson's "Letters of Fabius", they were aware of the value of this new system of government; and

WHEREAS, elections were held to send ten delegates from each county to attend a special Constitutional Convention in Dover, where on December 7, 1787, they unanimously ratified the new Federal Constitution; being the first to take such action; and

WHEREAS, in recognition of this action, the General Assembly of the State of Delaware, by resolution on November 29, 1933, authorized and directed the Governor to issue annually a proclamation designating each December 7 as "Delaware Day" in commemoration of this historic event; and

WHEREAS, on this December 7, the State of Delaware will observe, with appropriate ceremonies, the 176th anniversary of the brave and foresighted action that served to give our State its proud title of "First State";

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ELBERT N. CARVEL, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby designate and proclaim Saturday, December 7, 1963, as


and urge our schools, churches, civic and fraternal organizations to participate in appropriate observance of this significant event.

FURTHER, I direct that, on this day, our national and state flags be flown from all public buildings and I urge all our citizens to join in this display of the colors.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Elbert N. Carvel, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be hereunto affixed at Dover this 22nd day of November in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and eighty-eighth.



ELISHA C. DUKES, Secretary of State