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Q: How many delegates attended the 1849 convention to start writing the constitution?
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How many states existed at the time of the writing of the constitution?

There were still just the original thirteen states at the time. Twelve of them sent delegates to the Constitutional Convention. Rhode Island was the one that did not participate.

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What were the two qualities that made the delegates well suited for writing a constitution?

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