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" We, therefore, the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging, with grateful hearts, the goodness of the great Legislator of the universe, in affording us, in the course of his providence, an opportunity, deliberately and peaceably, without fraud, violence... "
Debates in the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention, 1917-1918 - Page 201
by Massachusetts. Constitutional Convention - 1918
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Memoir of Theophilus Parsons, Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of ...

Theophilus Parsons - Law - 1859 - 476 pages
...hearts, the goodness of the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, in affording the people of thu United States, in the course of his providence) an opportunity, deliberately and peaceably, without fraud or surprise, of entering into an explicit and solemn compact with each other, by assenting to and ratifying...
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Origins of Legislative Sovereignty and the Legislative State: Volume Six ...

A. London Fell - Political Science - 1983 - 459 pages
...interpretation and a faithful execution of them, that every man may, at all times, find his security in them. "We, therefore, ... the people of Massachusetts, ....the great Legislator of the universe, in affording to this people, in the course of His providence, an opportunity ... of forming a new constitution of...
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Dreiser: Sister Carrie; Jennie Gerhardt; Twelve Men

Theodore Dreiser - Fiction - 1987 - 1168 pages
...hearts the goodness of the Supreme Ruler of the universe, in affording the people of the United States, in the course of his Providence, an opportunity, deliberately and peaceably, without fraud or surprise, of entering into an explicit and solemn compact with each other, by assenting to and ratifying...
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Roots of the Republic: American Founding Documents Interpreted

Stephen L. Schechter - History - 1990 - 464 pages
...interpretation, and a faithful execution of them; that every man may, at all times, find his security in them. We, therefore, the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging,...us, in the course of His providence, an opportunity, delibThe text of the Massachusetts Constitution of 1780 is reprinted by permission of the publisher...
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Religion and American Politics : From the Colonial Period to the 1980s: From ...

Mark A. Noll Professor of History Wheaton College - Political Science - 1989 - 416 pages
...Massachusetts, while explicitly invoking providence, avoided the word "God." Instead the drafters acknowledged "with grateful hearts, the goodness of the Great Legislator of the Universe" in permitting the people of the commonwealth to Assemble peaceably and create their own "original, explicit...
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Prayer in Public Schools and the Constitution, 1961-1992: Government ...

Robert Sikorski - Law - 1993 - 512 pages
...foundation and more permanent security thereof, declare. . . . Massachusetts (Adopted in 1790) Wo, therefore, the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging,...the universe, in affording us, in the course of His Appendix A providence, an opportunity, deliberately and peaceably, without fraud, violence, or surprise,...
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America's God and Country: Encyclopedia of Quotations

William J. Federer, William Joseph Federer - Literary Collections - 1994 - 845 pages
...name of our God, we will set up our banners!7 Constitution. ofthtState cfMassach.uscttsl78Q, stated: We, therefore, the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging,...us, in the course of His providence [an opportunity to form a compact];. ..and devoutly imploring His Stai of direction in so interesting a design,. ..[establish...
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Religion and the New Republic: Faith in the Founding of America

James H. Hutson - History - 2000 - 213 pages
...with the whole people, that all shall be governed by certain Laws for the Common good." And again, "the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging, with...deliberately and peaceably, without fraud, violence, or surprize, o[f] entering into an Original, explicit, and Solemn Compact with each other; and of forming...
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The Founders on God and Government

Daniel L. Dreisbach, Mark David Hall, Jeffry H. Morrison, Jeffrey Morrison - Political Science - 2004 - 314 pages
...with the whole people, that all shall be governed by certain Laws for the Common good." And again, the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging, with grateful...deliberately and peaceably, without fraud, violence, or surprize, o[f] entering into an Original, explicit, and Solemn Compact with each other; and of forming...
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Three Secular Reasons Why America Should Be Under God

William J. Federer - Religion - 2004 - 176 pages
...grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberty..."102 MASSACHUSETTS 1780 PREAMBLE: "We.. .the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging with grateful...goodness of the Great Legislator of the Universe... in the course of His Providence, an opportunity... and devoutly imploring His direction..."103 MICHIGAN...
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