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General Benjamin Lincoln was obliged to raise funds from Boston merchants to pay for a volunteer army. It could do nothing significant without nine states, and some legislation required all thirteen.
When a state produced only one member in attendance, its vote was not counted.
Since the Constitution came into force in 1789, it has been amended 27 times The majority of the seventeen later amendments expand individual civil rights protections.
Others address issues related to federal authority or modify government processes and procedures.
In September 1786, during an inter–state convention to discuss and develop a consensus about reversing the protectionist trade barriers that each state had erected, James Madison angrily questioned whether the Articles of Confederation was a binding compact or even a viable government. A rumor had it that a "seditious party" of New York legislators had opened a conversation with the Viceroy of Canada.