The Constitution of the State, Adopted 1780

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Page 63 - The person having the greatest number of votes as vice president, shall be the vice president, if such number be a majority of the whole number of electors appointed, and if no person have a majority, then from the two highest numbers on the list the senate shall choose the...
Page 59 - In all our deliberations on this subject we kept steadily in our view, that which appears to us the greatest interest of every true American, the consolidation of our Union, in which is involved our prosperity, felicity, safety, perhaps our national existence.
Page 59 - It is obviously impracticable, in the Federal Government of these States, to secure all rights of independent sovereignty to each, and yet provide for the interest and safety of all. Individuals entering into society must give up a share of liberty to preserve the rest.
Page 9 - A frequent recurrence to the fundamental principles of the constitution, and a constant adherence to those of piety, justice, moderation, temperance, industry, and frugality, are absolutely necessary to preserve the advantages of liberty, and to maintain a free government.
Page 58 - The friends of our country have long seen and desired that the power of making war, peace, and treaties, that of levying money and regulating commerce, and the correspondent executive and judicial authorities, should be fully and effectually vested in the General Government of the Union...
Page 5 - And no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained, in his person, liberty, or estate, for worshipping God in the manner and season most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience : or for his religious profession or sentiments ; provided he doth not disturb the public peace or obstruct others in their religious worship.
Page 23 - Court, to adjourn or piorogue the same, to any time the two Houses shall desire ; and to dissolve the same, on the day next preceding the last Wednesday in May ; and, in the recess of the said Court, to prorogue the same, from time to time, not exceeding ninety days in any one recess ; and...
Page 38 - All the laws, which have heretofore been adopted, used and approved in the province, colony or State of Massachusetts Bay and usually practised on in the courts of law, shall still remain and be in full force, until altered or repealed by the legislature, such parts only excepted, as are repugnant to the rights and liberties contained in this constitution.
Page 58 - That it is the opinion of this Convention, that as soon as the Conventions of nine States shall have ratified this Constitution, the United States, in Congress assembled, should fix a day on which Electors should be appointed by the States which shall have ratified the same...
Page 29 - ... or five of them at least, shall, and may, from time to time, hold and keep a council, for the ordering and directing the affairs of the commonwealth, agreeably to the constitution and the laws of the land.

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