Minutes of the Provincial Council of Pennsylvania: from the organization to the termination of the proprietary government. [Mar. 10, 1683-Sept. 27, 1775] (Google eBook)

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Printed by J. Severns, 1852 - Pennsylvania
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Vol. 10 includes "Minutes of Council of Safety from June 30th, 1775, to November 12th, 1776" (p. [277]-784)
  

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Page 41 - That all persons living in this province who confess and acknowledge the one almighty and eternal God to be the creator, upholder, and ruler of the world, and that hold themselves obliged in conscience to live peaceably and justly in civil society, shall in no ways be molested or prejudiced for their religious persuasion or practice in matters of faith and worship, nor shall they be compelled at any time to frequent or maintain any religious worship, place, or ministry whatever.
Page 42 - ... five years, one for four years, one for three years, one for two years, and one for one year, and thereafter as the terms of office expire in each year one member for a term of five years.
Page 42 - Penn have declared, granted, and confirmed, and by these presents, for me, my heirs and assigns, do declare, grant and confirm unto all the freemen, planters and adventurers, of, in and to the said province, these liberties, franchises, and properties, to be held, enjoyed and kept by the freemen, planters and Inhabitants of the said province of Pennsylvania for ever.
Page 309 - England, and so as the said ordinances be not extended, in any sort, to bind, change, or take away the right or interest of any person or persons, for, or in their life, members, freehold, goods, or chattels.
Page 44 - That the Governor and Provincial Council shall erect and order all public schools, and encourage and reward the authors of useful sciences and laudable inventions in the said province.
Page 36 - That as often as any day of the month, mentioned in any article of this charter, shall fall upoĽ the first day of the week, commonly called the Lord's day, the business appointed for that day, shall be deferred till next day, unless in case, of emergency.
Page 31 - But let them consider that though good laws do well, good men do better. For good laws may want good men and be abolished or evaded by ill men; but good men will never want good laws nor suffer ill ones.
Page 30 - For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shall have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good.
Page 31 - I choose to solve the controversy with this small distinction, and it belongs to all three : any government is free to the people under it (whatever be the frame) where the laws rule and the people are a party to those laws, and more than this is tyranny, oligarchy, or confusion.
Page 31 - Governments, like clocks, go from the motion men give them, and as governments are made and moved by men, so by them they are ru- Preface, ined too. Wherefore governments rather depend upon men, than men upon governments.

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