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CONSTITUTION

OF

THE UNITED STATES.

WE, the people of the UNITED STATES, in order to formi a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this CoNSTITUTION FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

ARTICLE I. Sec. 1. All legislative powers herein granted, shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.

Sec. 2. The House of Representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second year, by the people of the several States ; and the electors in each State shall bave the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State Legislature.

No person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the age of twenty five years, and been seven years a citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.

Representatives and direct taxes shall be apportioned among the several States, which may be included within this union, according to their respective numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole number of free persons, including those bound to service for a term of years, and ex

duly warned and holden for that purpose : And provided also, that all by-laws, made by such municipal or city government, shall be subject, at all times, to be annulled by the General Court.

: III.“ Every male citizen of twenty one years of age and upwards, (excepting paupers and persons under guardianship,) who shall have resided within the Commonwealth one year, and within the town or district, in which he may claim a right to vote, six calendar months next preceding any election of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Senators, or Representatives, and who shall have paid by himself or his parent, miaster or guardian, any state or county tax, which shall, within two years next preceding such election, have been assessed upon him, in any town or district of this Commonwealth ; and also every citizen who shall be by law exempted from taxation, and who shall be in all other respects qualified as above mentioned, shall have a right to vote in such election of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Senators and Representatives ;, and no other persons shall be entitled to vote in such' elections.

IV. Notaries Public shall be appointed by the Governor, in the same manner as judicial officers are appointed, and shall hold their offices during seven years, unless sooner removed by the Governor, with the consent of the Council, upon the address of both Houses of the Legislature.

In case the office of Secretary or Treasurer of the Commonwealth, shall become vacant from any cause, during the recess of the General Court, the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Council, shall nominate and appoint, under sạch regulations as may be prescribed by law, a competent and suitable person to such vacant office, who shall hold the same until a successor shall be appointed by the General Court.

Whenever the exigencies of the Commonwealth shall require the appointment of a Commissary General, he shall be nominated, appointed and commissioned, in such manner as the Legislature may, by law, prescribe.

All officers commissioned to command in the militia, may be removed from office in such manner as the Legislature may, by law, prescribe.

In the elections of captains and subalterns of the militia, all the members of their respective companies, as well those under, as those above the age of twenty one years, shall have a right to vote.

VI. Instead of the oath of allegiance prescribed by the Constitution, the following oath shall be taken and subscribed by every person chosen or appointed to any office, civil or milita. ry, under the government of this Commonwealth, before he shall enter on ihe duties of his office, to wit: < "1, A. B. do solemnly swear, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and will support the Constitution thereof. So help me God.- Provided, That when any person shall be of the denomination called Quakers, and shall decline taking said oath, he shall make his affirmation in the foregoing form, omitting the word “swear," and inserting, instead thereof, the word " affirm," and omitting the words “ So help me God," and subjoining, instead thereof, the words This I do under the pains and penalties of perjury."

VII. No oath, declaration or subscription, excepting the oath prescribed in the preceding article, and the oath of office, shall be required of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Counsellors, Senators or Representatives, to qualify them to per form the duties of their respective offices.

VIII. No Judge of any Court of this Commonwealth, (except the Court of Sessions,) and no person holding any office under the authority of the United States, (Postmasters excepted,) shall, at the same time, hold the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, or Counsellor, or have a seat in the Senate or House of Representatives of this Commonwealth ; and no Judge of any Court in this Commonwealth, (except the Court of Sessions,) nor the Attorney General, Solicitor General, County Attorney, Clerk of any Court, Sheriff, Treasurer and Receiver General, Register of Probate, nor Register of Deeds, shall continue to hold his said office after being elected a member of the Congress of the United States, and accepting that trust ; but the acceptance of such trust, by any of the officers aforesaid, shall be deemed and taken to be a resignation of his said office ; and Judges of the Courts of Common Pleas shall hold no other office under the government of this Commonwealth, the office of Justice of the Peace and militia offices excepted.

IX. If at any time hereafter, any specific and particular amendment or amendments to the Constitution be proposed in the General Court, and agreed to by a majority of the Senators and two-thirds of the members of the House of Representatives present, and voting thereon, such proposed amendment or amendments shall be entered on the journals of the two Houses, with the yeas and nays taken thereon, and referred to the General Court then next to be chosen, and shall be published ; and if in the General Court next chosen as aforesaid, such proposed, amendment or amendments shall be agreed to by a majority of the Senators and two-thirds of the. members of the House of Representatives present and voting thereon ; then it shall be the duty of the General Court, to submit such proposed amendment or amendments to the people; and if they shall be approved and ratified by a majority of the qualified voters, voting thereon, at meetings legally warned and holden for that purpose, they shall become part of the Constitution of this Commonwealth.

ISAAC PARKER,

President of the Convention. ATTEST,

BENJAMIN POLLARD, Secretary.

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS.

Secrelary's Office, July 8th, 1922. BY THIS I CERTIFY, That I have compared the Copy of the Constitution of this Commonwealth, and of the Amendments thereto, printed in the foregoing pages, with the originals, written on parchment, and deposited in this office, and find it to be correct.

ALDEN BRADFORD, Secretary of the Commonwealth. CONSTITUTION

OF

THE UNITED STATES.

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WE, the people of the UNITED STATES, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this CoNSTITUTION FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

ARTICLE I. Sec. 1. All legislative powers herein granted, shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.

Sec. 2. The House of Representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second year, by the people of the several States ; and the electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State Legislature.

No person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the age of twenty five years, and been seven years a citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.

Representatives and direct taxes shall be apportioned among the several States, which may be included within this union, according to their respective numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole number of free persons, including those bound to service for a term of years, and ex

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