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for the establishment of this constitution between the states so ratifying the game. Done in convention, by the unanimous consent of the states present, the

seventeenth day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the twelfth. lo witness whereof, we have hereunto subscribed our names.


President, and Depuly from Virginia
New-Hampshire, Pennsylrania, Daniel Carroll.
Joba Langdon, Benjamin Franklin,
Nicholas Gilman.

Thomas Millin,
Robert Morris,

John Plair,
George Clymer,

James Madison, jr.
Nathaniel Gorham, Thomas Fitzsimons,
Rufus King.

Jared Ingersoll,
James Wilson,

William Blount,
Gouverneur Morris.

Richd. Dobbs Spaigh, TVm. Samuel Johnson,

Hugh Williamson. Roger Sherman. Delaware,


George Read,
Gunning Bedford, jr,

John Rutledge,
Alexander Hamilton. John Dickinson,

Charles C. Pinckney, Richard Bassett,

Charles Pinckney,
New Jersey, Jacnb Broom.

Pierce Butler.
William Livingston,
David Brearly,

William Patterson,
James M'Heory,

William Few,
Jonathan Dayton.

Daniel of St Tho.Jenifer, Abraham Baldwin.
Attest, WILLIAM JACKSON, Secretary


ARTICLE 1. Free exercise of Religion-Freedom of the Press-Rigbis of Petition, &c. 1. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.


Right to bear Arms. 1. A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a frea state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.


No soldier to be billeted, except, &c. 1. No soldier shall, in time of peace, be quartered in any house without the consent of the owner; nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.


Unreasonable searches prohibited. 1. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated; and no warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.


Proceedings in criminal cases, &c. 1. No person shall be held to answer for a capital or otherwise insamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service, in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled, in any criminal case, to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty or property, without due process of law ; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.


Mode of trial in criminal cases. 1. In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favour; and to have the assistance of counsel for his defence.


Mode of trial in civil cases. 1. In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved; and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.


Bail, fines, and imprisonment. 1. Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.


Rights not enumerated. 1. The enumeration in the constitution of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.


Powers reserved to the People. 1. The powers not delegated to the United States by the constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.


The Judicial Power limited. 1. The judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced úr prosecuted against one of the United States by citizens of another state, or by citizens or subjects of any foreign state.

ARTICLE 12. Meeting of the Electors of President and Vice-President. 1. The electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for president and vice-president, one of whom, at least, shall not be an in habitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their bal. lots the person voted for as president, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as vice-president; and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as president, and of all persons voted for as vice-president, and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the president of the Senate ; the president of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates, and the votes shall then be counted: the person having the greatest cumber of votes for president, shall be the president, if such number be a majority of the whole number of electors appointed ; and it no person have such majority, then from the persons having the higheat -numbers, not exceeding three, on the list of those voted for as president, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by hallot, tha president.

2. But, in choosing the president, the votes shall be taken by staten, the representation from each state having one vote ; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the staks, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice. And if the House of Representatives shall not choose a president whenever the right of choice shall devolve upon them, before the fourth day of March next following, then the vice-president shall act as president, as in the case of the death or other constitutional disability of the president.

3. 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, ther from the two highest members on the list, the Senate shall choose the vice-president: a quorum for the purpose shall consist of two-thirds of the whole number of senators, and a majority of the whole number shall be necessary to a choice.

4. But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of president, shall be eligible to that of vice-president of the United States.

1. The world has seen enough of warriors and of heroes— enough of statesmen-of men who have guided armies in the field, or dictated as sages in the cabinet, for the exclusive purpose of ambition. History, from its earliest page to the present day, has offered to our contemplation only one WASHINGTON ; but ONE MAN, whose dangers in war, and labours in peace, were undertaken and supported with a single eye to the benefit of his country; whose wonderful and honourable success, was the plain result of wisdom in design, and valour in execution ; whom danger never appalled, nor defeat depressed; who, persevering in the justice of his cause, wooed victory till he won her ; who coveted no reward but the well-earned approbation of those whose interests he lived to promote ; who renounced all public honours, when they ceased to be the necessary instruments of good to the people, whose gratitude conferred them; who, superiour to all monarchs, was content to be called an American citizen. His career of glory, through life, was untainted by crime ; and his death was felt as a loss by every individual of that community, whose political existence was the fruit of his exertions.

2. The Farewell Address of General Washington is the condensed result of long experience, matured reflection, and strong anxiety for the permanent prosperity of his country. His advice, concerning the great importance of maintaining, indissolubly, the federal Union-the danger of indulging too much in party feelings—the necessity of supporting public credit at home-of maintaining public faith in all our transactions with foreign nationsmof encouraging foreign intercourse, free from foreign attachments, are so many lessons of prudence, which we should do well to bear in constant remembrance.

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When round your hearths, your infant offspring throng,
To join the morning pray'r, or ev'ning song;
When this is done, invite thein to attend
The farewell lessons of their long-tried friend,
And open to their much lov'd country's view,
Th' instructive page, which bade the world adieu.


1. The period for a new election of a citizen, to administer the execu: tive government of the United States, being not far distant, and the time actually arrived, when your thoughts must be employed in designating the person who is to be clothed with that important trust, it appears to me proper, especially as it may conduce to a more distinct expression of the public voice, that I should now apprise you of the resolution I have formed, to decline being considered among the number of those out of whom a choice is to be made.

2. I beg you, at the same time, to do me the justice to be assured, that this resolution has not been taken without a strict regard to all the considerations appertaining to the relation, which binds a dutiful citizen to his country: and that, in withdrawing the tender of service, which silence, ia my situation, might imply, I am influenced by no diminution of zeal for your future interest; no deficiency of grateful respect for your past kind. ness: but am supported by a full conviction that the step is compatible with both.

3. The acceptance of, and continuance hitherto in the ofice to which, your suffrages have twice called me, hare been a uniform sacrifice of in. clination to the opinion of duty, and to a deference for what appeared to be your desire. I constantly hoped, that it would have been much earlier in my power, consistently with motives, which I was not at liberty to dis. regard, to return to that retirement from which I had been reluctantly drawn. The strength of my inclination to do this, previous to the last election, had even led to the preparation of an address to declare it to you; but mature reflection on the then perplexed and critical posture of our affairs with foreign nations, and the unanimous advice of persons entitled to my confidence, impelled me to abandon the idea.

4. I rejoice that the state of your concerns, external as well as internal, no longer renders the pursuit of inclination incompatible with the sentiment of duty or propriety; and am persuaded, whatever partialiiy may be retained for my services, that, in the present circumstances of our country, you will not disapprove of my determination to retire.

5. The impressions with which I first undertook the arduous trust, were explained on the proper occasion. In the discharge of this trust, I will only say, that I have, with good intentions, contributed towards the organization and administration of the government, the best exertions of which, a very fallible judgment is capable. Not unconscious, in the outset, of the inferiority of any qualifications, experience in my own eyes, perhaps still more in the eyes of others, has strengthened the motives to diffidence of myself; and every day the increasing weight of years admonishes me more and more, that the shade of retirement is as necessary to me as it will be welcome. Satisfied that, if any circumstances have given peculiar value to my services, they were temporary, I have the consolation to believe, that, while choice and prudence invite me to quit the political scene, patriotism does not forbid it.

6. In looking forward to the moment which is intended to terminate

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