The constitutions of the several independent states of America: the Declaration of independence; and the Articles of confederation between the said states. To which are now added, the declaration of rights; the non-importation agreement; and the petition of Congress to the king delivered by Mr. Penn. With an appendix, containing the treaties between His most Chriistan [!] Majesty and the United States of America; the provisional treaty with America; and (never before published) an authentic copy of the treaty concluded between their High Mightinesses the States-General, and the United States of America. The whole arranged, with a preface and dedication, by the Rev. William Jackson (Google eBook)

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Printed by J. Stockdale, 1783 - Law - 472 pages
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Page 11 - The said States hereby severally enter into a firm league of friendship with each other, for their common defence, the security of their liberties, and their mutual and general welfare, binding themselves to assist each other, against all force offered to, or attacks made upon them, or any of them, on account of religion, sovereignty, trade, or any other pretence whatever.
Page 22 - STATES, and to consist of one delegate from each state ; and to appoint such other committees and civil officers as may be necessary for managing the general affairs of the United States under their direction : to appoint one of their...
Page 24 - The Congress of the united states shall have power to adjourn to any time within the year, and to any place within the united states, so that no period of adjournment be for a longer duration than the space of six months...
Page 48 - It is essential to the preservation of the rights of every individual, his life, liberty, property and character, that there be an impartial interpretation of the laws and administration of justice. It is the right of every citizen to be tried by judges as free, impartial and independent, as the lot of humanity will admit.
Page 17 - States shall be divided or appropriated; of granting letters of marque and reprisal in times of peace; appointing courts for, the trial of piracies and felonies committed on the high seas; and establishing courts for receiving and determining finally appeals in all cases of captures: Provided that no member of Congress shall be appointed a judge of any of the said courts.
Page 26 - And the Articles of this Confederation shall be inviolably observed by every State, and the Union shall be perpetual; nor shall any alteration at any time hereafter be made in any of them, unless such alteration be agreed to in a Congress of the United States, and be afterwards confirmed by the Legislatures of every State.
Page 24 - ... and welfare of the United States or any of them, nor emit bills, nor borrow money on the credit of the United States, nor appropriate money, nor agree upon the number of vessels of war to be built or purchased...
Page 184 - ... be deprived of his liberty, except by the law of the land or the judgment of his peers.
Page 21 - States, and exacting such postage on the papers passing through the same as may be requisite to defray the expenses of the said office; appointing all officers of the land forces in the service of the United States, excepting regimental officers; appointing all the officers of the naval forces, and commissioning all officers whatever in the service of the United States; making rules for the government and regulation of the said land and naval forces, and directing their operations.
Page 89 - Wisdom and knowledge, as well as virtue, diffused generally among the body of the people, being necessary for the preservation of their rights and liberties; and as these depend on spreading the opportunities and advantages of education in the various parts of the country, and among the different orders of the people...