Let’s read Article VII in its entirety. It’s very short, just one clause, and that clause reads as follows:

The Ratification of the Conventions of nine States, shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution between the States so ratifying the Same.

That’s it. Some readers and authors have confused with Article VII the section which follows and which begins with the words, “done in Convention”. Even the National Constitution Center, located on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, has made this mistake in its “Interactive Constitution”, which “is based on The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution by Linda R. Monk.”

However, the postamble, the section which begins “done in Convention”, is not part of Article VII, as can be determined by inspecting handwritten copies of We the People that were produced during or shortly after the convention. Wikipedia has a photo of one.

In a future post I will elaborate upon the problem with Article VII. Before that, however, we must understand two words, “Establishment” and “Ratification”. They will be the topic of the next post.

Source: The Constitution of the United States with Index and The Declaration of Independence, Twenty-Fourth edition (Reprint) 2009; 111th Congress, 1st session; Senate Document 111–4.