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The Avalon Project at Yale Law School Articles of Confederation Annapolis Convention Madison Debates Federalist Papers U S Constitution See Also Benjamin Franklins Draft and John Dickinsons Draft See Discussion of The Articles of Confederation in Jeffersons Autobiography Art 1 Art 2 Art 3 Art 4 Art 5 Art 6 Art 7 Art 8 Art 9 Art 10 Art 11 Art 12 Art 13 To all to whom these Presents shall come we the undersigned Delegates of the States affixed to our Names send greeting Articles of Confederation and perpetual Union between the states of New Hampshire Massachusetts-bay Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Connecticut New York New Jersey Pennsylvania Delaware Maryland Virginia North Carolina South Carolina and Georgia I The Stile of this Confederacy shall be The United States of America II Each state retains its sovereignty freedom and independence and every power jurisdiction and right which is not by this Confederation expressly delegated to the United States in Congress assembled III The said States hereby severally enter into a firm league of friendship with each other for their common defense the security of their liberties and their mutual and general welfare binding themselves to assist each other against all force offered to or attacks made upon them or any of them on account of religion sovereignty trade or any other pretense whatever IV The better to secure and perpetuate mutual friendship and intercourse among the people of the different States in this Union the free inhabitants of each of these States paupers vagabonds and fugitives from justice excepted shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of free citizens in the several States and the people of each State shall free ingress and regress to and from any other State and shall enjoy therein all the privileges of trade and commerce subject to the same duties impositions and restrictions as the inhabitants thereof respectively provided that such restrictions
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