Proceedings on the Twenty-fifth Day of October, 1880: Commemorative of the Organization of the Government of Massachusetts Under the Constitution of the Twenty-fifth Day of October, 1780

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Society's house, 1880 - Constitutional law - 67 pages
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Page 63 - Convention, to write letters to the inhabitants of the several places, which are entitled to representation in Assembly, requesting them to choose such representatives, and that the Assembly when chosen, do elect councillors ; and that such Assembly, or council, exercise the powers of government, until a governor, of his Majesty's appointment, will consent to govern the Colony according to its Charter.
Page 58 - July, 1874, at the celebration of the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the settlement of the town, and in his paper on the " Old Planters about Boston Harbor," read before the Massachusetts Historical Society, and published in its collections, " the ablest paper,
Page 14 - The body politic is formed by a voluntary association of individuals; it is a social compact, by which the whole people covenants with each citizen, and each citizen with the whole people, that all shall be governed by certain laws for the common good.
Page 42 - The day dawns, in which the foundation of this mighty empire is to be laid, by the establishment of a regular AMERICAN CONSTITUTION.
Page 10 - ... contradict the main end of planting this wilderness ; " whereupon a well-known person, then in the assembly, cryed out, " Sir, you are mistaken : you think you are preaching to the people at the Bay; our main end was to catch fish.
Page 15 - Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for the profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men: Therefore the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.
Page 29 - The people of this commonwealth have the sole and exclusive right of governing themselves, as a free, sovereign, and independent State, and do, and forever hereafter shall, exercise and enjoy every power, jurisdiction, and right, which is not, or may not hereafter be, by them expressly delegated to the United States of America, in Congress assembled.
Page 14 - ... title to obtain advantages, or particular and exclusive privileges, distinct from those of the community, than what arises from the consideration of services rendered to the public; and this title being in nature neither hereditary, nor transmissible to children, or descendants, or relations by blood, the idea of a man born a magistrate, lawgiver, or judge, is absurd and unnatural.
Page 62 - ... explicit advice respecting the taking up and exercising the powers of civil government, and declaring their readiness to submit to such a general plan as the Congress...
Page 42 - Americans! liberty, religion, and sciences are on the wing to these shores. The finger of God points out a mighty empire to your sons. The savages of the wilderness were never expelled to make room for idolaters and slaves. The land we possess is the gift of Heaven to our fathers, and Divine Providence seems to have decreed it to our latest posterity. The...

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