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STATE OF CONNECTICUT,
COMPILED IN OBEDIENCE TO A RESOLVE OF TIIL
Passed May 1885,
TO WHICH IS PREFIXED THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE,
CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES,
AND CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT.
AUTHORITY OF THE STATE.
JOHN B. ELDREDGE, PRINTER.
DISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT, ss. ! L. s. : of ,
State of Connecticut, (by their Agent, ROYAL R. HINMAN,) of the said District, have deposited in this office the title of a book, the title of which is in the words following, to wit : "The public Statute Laws of the State of Connecticut, compiled in obedience to a resolve of the General Assembly, passed May 1835, to which is prefixed the Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States, and Constitution of the State of Connecticut. Published by authority of the State." The right whereof they claim as proprietors in conformity with an act of Congress entitled " An act to amend the several acts respecting copy rights."
CHARLES A. INGERSOLL,
Clerk of the District of Connecticut.
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.
In Congress, July 4th, 1776.
THE UNANIMOUS DECLARATION OF THE THIRTEEN UNITED
Propriety of WHEN, in the course of human events, it becomes the declaration. necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station, to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires, that they should declare the causes, which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident–That all men Unalienable are created equal ; that they are endowed by their Cre-rights of the ator with certain unalienable rights; that among these
people, &c. are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness : That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate, that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes ; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves, by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present king of Great Britain, is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an abso- Absoluto tyran. lute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts yetkin object of be submitted to a candid world.
Recitation of He has refused his assent to laws the most wholesome injuries and
and necessary for the public good.
operation, till his assent should be obtained; and when
He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly,
He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.
He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers, to harass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies, without the consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the military independent of, and superior to, the civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a juris-
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among
For protecting them, by a mock trial, from punish- ,
ment for any murders which they should commit on the
For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world :
For transporting us beyond the seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighbouring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries, so as to render it, at once, an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these colonies:
For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering, fundamentally, the forms of our governments :
For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection, and waging war against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destoyed the lives of our people.
He is, at this time, transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, al ready begun, with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy, scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow citizens, taken captive on the high seas, to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these oppressions we have petition- Petitions for reed for redress, in the most humble terms: our repeated dress unavail. petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. ing, &c. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British Appeal to the brethren. We have warned them, from time to time, of British people,
fruitless. attempts, by their legislature, to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us.
We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here.