The Constitution of the State, Adopted 1780

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General Books, 2009 - 56 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1826 edition. Excerpt: ...courts of law, shall still remain and be in full force, until altered or repealed by the Legislature; such parts only excepted, as are repugnant to the rights and liberties contained in this Constitution. VII. The privilege and benefit of the writ of Habeas Corpus shall be enjoyed in this Commonwealth, in the most free, easy, cheap, expeditious and ample manner; and shall not be suspended by the Legislature, except upon the most urgent and pressing occasions, and for a limited time, not exceeding twelve months. VIII. The enacting style, in making and passing all acts, statutes, and laws, shall be, " Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives, in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same." IX. To the end there may be no failure of justice, or danger arise to the Commonwealth, from a change of the form of government, all officers, civil and military, holding commissions under the government and people of Massachusetts Bay, in New England, and all other officers of the said government and people, at the time this Constitution shall take effect, shall have, hold, use, exercise, and enjoy, all. the powers and authority to them granted or committed, until other persons shall be appointed in their stead; and all courts of raw, shall proceed in the execution of the business of their respective departments; and all the executive and legislative officers, bodies and powers, shall continue in full force in the enjoyment and exercise of all their trusts, employments, and authority, until the General Court, and the supreme and executive officers, under this Constitution, are designated and invested with their respective trusts, powers, and authority. In order more effectually to adhere to the principles of the...

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