"The Ratification of the Conventions of nine States, shall be sufficient for the establishment of this Constitution between the states so ratifying the same. Done in convention by the unanimous consent of the states present the seventeenth day of September in the year of our lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven and of the Independence of the United States of America the Twelfth in Witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names,"
Does he mean that the word "Independence" refers to the Declaration?
And this might clear something up. Because I have never quite understood why so many on the far right combine the Declaration and Constitution into one common document.