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leled 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 domestie insurrections among 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 petitioned for redress, in the most humble terms; our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. I 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 brethren. We have warned them, from time to time, of attempts made by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them, by the ties of our common kindred, to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They, too, have been deaf to the voice of justice and consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our seperation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace, friends.
We, therefore, the representativesofthe UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IN GENERAL (OXGRESSassembled, appealing tothe Supreme Judge of the World for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British (rown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britian, is, and ouglit to be, totally dissolved; and that, as FREE AND LVDEPENDENT STATES, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which INDEPENDENT STATES may of right do. And, for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of DIVINE PROVIDENCE, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.*
WE, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, 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 of the United States of America. [See 1 Wheat., 324. 4 Wheat., 103.)
Of the Legislature. SECT. I. 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.
of the House of Representatives. , SECT. II. 1. 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.
*This ('onstitution went into operation on the first Wednesday in March, 1789. [.; Il'heat,. 12.)
Qualifications of Members. 2. No person shall be a representative who shall not have attained the age of twenty-five years, and bave 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 have been clected. Apportionment of Representatives and Direct Taxes.--('ensus.
3. Representatives and direct taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to the respective numbers, which shall be determined by idding to the whole number of free persons, including those bound to service for a term of years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three-fifths of all other persons.
The actual enumeration shall be made within three years after the first meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent terms of ten years, in such manneras they shall by law direct. The number of representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty thousand, but each State shall have at least one rejresentative; and until such enumeration shall be made, the State of New IIampshire shall be entitled to choose three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations one, ('onnecti(•ut five, New York six, New Jersey four, PennsylVania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina five, South Carolina five, and Gieorgia three. [See 5 Wheat., 317.]
Vacancies. t. When vacancies happen in the representation from any State, the executive authority thereof shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies,
Of their Officers...-Impeachment. . The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker, and other officers, and shall have the sole power of impeachment.
Of the Senate. SECT. III. 1. The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof, for six years, and each Senator shall have one rote.
[See oi Wheaton, 390.]
Their ('lasses. 3. Immediately after they shall be assembled, in consequence of the first election, they shall be divided as equally as may be into three classes. The seats of the Senators of the first class shall be vacated at the expiration of the second year; of the serond class, at the expiration of the fourth year; and of the third class, at the expiration of the sixth year, so that one-third may be chosen every second year. And if vacancies bappen by resignation, or otherwise, during the recess of the Legislature of any State, the executive thereof may make temporary appointments until the next meeting of the Legislaturc, which shall then fill such vacancies.
Qualifications of Senators. 3. No person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained the age of thirty years, and been nine years it citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an inhabitant of that State for which lie shall be chosen.
Of the Vice President. 1. The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no voto unless they be equally divided,