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PART II. Of the nature, extent, and limitation of the powers

vested in the National Government, and the re. straints imposed on the States, reduced to different

classes, as they relate Ch. 1. To security from foreigo danger; which class com

prehends the powers 1. Of declaring war, and granting letters of marque • and reprisal. 2. Of making rules concerning captures by land

and water. 3. or providing armies and fleets, and regulating

and calling forth the militia.

4. Of levying taxes and borrowing money. Ch. 2. To intercourse with foreign nations; comprising the

powers . 1. To make treaties, and to send and receive am.

bassadors and other public ministers and con

suls. 2. To regulate foreign commerce, including the

power to prohibit the importation of slaves. 3. To define and purish piracies and felonies com

mitted on the High Seas, and offences against the

- laws of nations. Ch. 3. To the maintenance of harmony and proper inter

course amongst the States, including the pow

ers -
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]. To regulate commerce amongst the several
· States, and with the Indian tribes. .
2. To establish Post-offices and Post-roads.
3. To coin mupey, regulate its value, and to fix

the standard of weights and measures.
4. To provide for thic punishment of counterfeiting

the securities and public coin of the United States. 5. To establish an uniform rule of naturalization. 6. To establish uniform laws on the subject of

bankruptcies. ".. 7. To prescribe, by penal laws, the manner in which

the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of each State shall be proved, and the effect they

shall have in other States. Ch. 4. To certain miscellaneous objects of general utility ;

comprehending the powers 1. To promote the progress of science and the · useful arts. 2. To exercise exclusive legislation over the dis

trict within which the seat of government should be permanently established; and over all places purchased by consent of the State legislatures for the erection of forts, magazines, arsenals,

dock-yards, and other needsul buildings. 3. To declare the punishment of treason against

the United States. 4. To admit new States into the Union. 5. To dispose of, and make all needful rules and

regulations respecting the territory, and other

property of the United States. 6. To guarantee to every State in the Union a re

publican form of government; and to protect each of them from invasion and domestic vio.

lence. 7. To propose amendments to the Constitution,

and to call conventions for ameading it, upon the

application of two thirds of the States. » Ch. 5. To the Constitutional restrictions on the powers of

the several States; which are 1. Absolute restrictions, prohibiting the States from 1. Entering into any treaty of alliance or

confederation. 2. Granting letters of marque and reprisal. 3. Coining money; emitting bills of credit;

or making any thing but gold or silver coin

a lawsul tender in payment of debts. 4. Passing any bill of attainder, ex post facto

law, or law impairing the obligation of con

tracts.

5. Granting any title of nobility. 2. Qualified limitations ; prohibiting the States, withonit the consent of Congress, from 1. Laying imposts on imports or exports, or

duties on tonnage. 2. Keeping troops or ships of war in time of

peace.

3. Entering into any agreement or compact

. with another State, or with a foreign power. '4. Engaging in war, unless actually invaded,

or in such imminent danger as will not ad

mit delay. Ch. 6. To the provisions for giving efficacy to the powers

vested in the Government of the United States; . : . consisting of

1. The power of making all laws necessary and

proper for carrying into execution the other enumerated powers,

2. The declaration that the Constitution and laws • of the United States and all treaties under their

authority, shall be the Supreme Law of the land. 3. The powers specially vested in the Executive

and Judicial departments, and particularly the provision extending the jurisdiction of the latter

to all cases arising under the Constitution. 4. The requisition upon the Senators and Repre

sentatives in Congress; the members of the State Legislatures ; and all Executive and Judicial officers of the United States and of the several States, to be bound by oath or affirma- . tion to support the Constitution of the United

States. 5. The provision that the ratifications of the Con

ventions of nine Siates should be sufficient for the establisbment of the Constitution between

the States ratifying the same. Conclusion.

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW.

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INTRODUCTION.

· 1. A Constitution, in its legal and political sense, signifies the fundamental principles on which a Government is formed i

2. Constitutional Law, is that branch of jurisprudence which treats of those principles-of the praetical exercise of the powers of Government in conformity with them; and of the construction to be given to them-in such their application. .

3. The origin of political Constitutions is as various as their different forms; and Governments in their form are either simple or mixed. 4. The simple forms of Government are 1. Monarchy, where all power is vested in a sin

gle individual." 2. An Aristocracy, where the powers of Govern- ment are exercised by a select number, or

a single body of men. And, 3. A Democracy, in which all power is retained

in the hands of the People, or of the society at large. .

. . 5. A mixed Government, is where all three, ou any two of the simple forms are united.

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