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IN CONGRESS,

JANUARY 18, 1777.5 Ordered:

That an authenticated copy of the Declaration of Indopendency, with the names of the Members of Congress subscribing the same, be sent to each of the United States, and that they be desired to have the same put on record. By order of Congress.

JOHN HANCOCK,

President. Attest, CHAS. THOMSON,

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CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES.

ARTICLE I.
SECTION 1. Legislative powers; in whom vested.

SEC. 2. House of Representatives, how and by whom chosen Qualifications of a Representative-- Representatives and direct taxes, how apportioned - Census --- Vacancies to be filled -- Power of choosing officers, and of impeachment.

SEC. 3. Senators, how and by whom chosen -- How classified -State Executive to make temporary appointments, in case, etc.Qualifications of a Senator - President of the Senate, his right to vote -- President pro tem., and other officers of Senate, how chosen ---Power to try impeachments -- When President is tried, Chief Justice to preside ----Sentence.

SEC. 4. Times, etc., of holding elections, how prescribed - One Session in each year.

SEC. 5. Membership-Quorum-Adjournments-Rules-Power to punish or expel - Journal --- Time of adjournments limited, unless, etc.

SEC. 6. Compensation - Privileges - Disqualification in certain cases.

SEC. 7. House to originate all revenue bills - Veto --- Bill may be passed by two-thirds of each house, notwithstanding, etc. -Bill not returned in ten days - Provision as to all orders, etc., except, etc.

SEC. 8. Powers of Congress.

Sec. 9. Provision as to migration or importation of certain persons - Habeas Corpus --- Bills of attainder, etc. - Taxes, how apportioned - No export duty -- No commercial preferences – No money drawn from treasury, unless, etc. ---No titular nobility -Officers not to receive presents, unless, etc.

SEC. 10. States prohibited from the exercise of certa'.n powers. ARTICLE II. SECTION 1. President; his term of office-Electors of President; number and how appointed - Electors to vote on same day - Qualification of President-on whom his duties devolve in case of his removal, death, etc.- President's compensation His oath.

SEC. 2. President to be commander-in-chief -- He may requiry opinion of, etc., and may pardon - Treaty-making power -- Nomi. nation of certain officers -- When President may All vacancies.

SEC. 3. President shall communicate to Congress - He may convene and adjourn Congress, in case, etc.; shall receive ambassadors, execute laws, and commission officers.

SEC. 4. All civil offices forfeited for certain crimes.

ARTICLE III.
SECTION 1. Judicial power-Tenure - Compensation.

SEC. 2. Judicial power; to what cases it extends -- Original jurisdiction of Supreme Court – Appellate — Trial by jury, except, etc. --- Trial, where. SEC. 3. Treason defined – Proof of — Punishment of.

ARTICLE IV. SECTION 1. Each State to give credit to the public acts, etc., of every other State.

SEC. 2. Privileges of citizens of each State - Fugitives from justice to be delivered up - Persons held to service having escaped, to be delivered up.

SEC. 3. Admission of new States - Power of Congress over territory and other property.

SEC. 4. Republican form of government guaranteed - Each State to be protected.

ARTICLE V. Constitution; how amended -- Proviso.

ARTICLE VI. Certain debts, etc., adopted – Supremacy of Constitution, creaties, and laws of the United States -- Oath to support Constitution, by whom taken-No religious test.

ARTICLE VII.
What ratification shall establish Constitution.

AMENDMENTS.
I. Religious establishment prohibited – Freedom of speech,

of the press, and right to petition.
II. Right to keep and bear arms.
III, No soldier to be quartered in any house, unless, etc.
IV. Right of search and seizure regulated.
V. Provisions concerning prosecution, trial and punishment

- Private property not to be taken for public use, with,

out, etc.
VI. Further provision respecting criminal prosecutions.
VII. Right of trial by jury secured.
VIII: Excessive bail or fines and cruel punishments prohibited.
IX. Rule of construction.

X. Same subject.
XI. Same subject.
XII. Manner of choosing President and Vice-President.
XIII. Slavery abolished.
XIV. Citizenship.

WE, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tran. quillity, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States of America.

ARTICLE I.

SECTION 1. 1. All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a congress of the United States, which shall consist of a senate and house of representatives.

SECTION 2. 1. The house of representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second year by the people of the several states; and the electors in each state shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numer. ous branch of the state legislature.

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