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No bül of attainder or ex post facto law shall be passed.

No capitation, or other direct tax, shall be laid, unless in proportior the census or enumeration herein before directed to be taken.

No tax or duty shall be laid on articles exported from any State. preference shall be given by any regulation of commerce or revenue the ports of one State over those of another; nor shall vessels bound to, from one State, be obliged to enter, clear or pay duties in another.

No money shall be drawn from the treasury, but in consequence of propriations made by law; and a regular statement and account of the ceipts and expenditures of all public money shall be published from ti to time.

No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States; and no p son holding any office of profit or trust under them shall, without the sent of Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office or title of a kind whatever, from any king, prince or foreign state.

Sec. 10. No State shall enter into any treaty, alliance or confederatio grant letters of marque and reprisal; coin money; emit bills of cred make any thing but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts; p any bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law impairing the obligation contracts, or grant any title of nobility.

No State shall, without the consent of the Congress, lay any imposts duties on imports or exports, except what may be absolutely necessary! executing its inspection laws; and the net produce of all duties and i posts, laid by any State on imports or exports, shall be for the use of t treasury of the United States; and all such laws shall be subject to t revision and eontrol of the Congress. No State shall, without the conse of Congress, lay any duty of tonnage, keep troops or ships of war in time peace, enter into any agreement or compact with another State, or with foreign power, or engage in war, unless actually invaded, or in such im Dent danger as will not admit of delay.


Sec. 1. The executive power shall be vested in a President of the Unite States of America. He shall hold his office during the term of four year and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same term, be elec ed as follows:

Each State shall appoint, in such manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a number of electors, equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress; but no Senator or Representative, or person holding an office of trust or profit onder the United States, shall be appointed an elector.

The electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by ballo: fox two persons, of whom one at least shall not be an inbabitant of the same State with themselves. And they shall make a list of all the persons voted for, and of the number of votes for each; which list they shall sign and eertify, 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. aving the greatest number of votes shall be the President, if such num.. er be a majority of the whole number of electors appointed; and if there le more than one who have such majority, and bave an equal number of otes, then the House of Representatives shall immediately choose by bal. ot, one of them for President; and it no person have a majority, then from he five highest on the list, the said house shall, in like manner, choose the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by itates, the representation from each State having one vote; a quorum for his purpose shall consist of a member or members from two thirds of the States, and a majority of all the States shall be necessary to a choice. In very case after the choice of the President, the person having the greatest number of votes of the electors shall be the Vice President. But if there hould remain two or more who have equal votes, the Senate shall choose rom them, by ballot, the Vice President.

The Congress may determine the time of choosing the electors, and the ay on which they shall give their votes; which day shall be the same hroughout the United States.

No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United itates at the time of the adoption of this constitution, shall be eligible to he office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that olbce, vho shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been four. een years a resident within the United States.

In case of the removal of the President from office, or of his death, re ignation or inability to discharge the powers and duties of the said office, he same shall devolve on the Vice President, and the Congress may by law

rovide for the case of removal, death, resignation or inability, both of the President and Vice President, declaring what otticer shall then act as Preident, and such officer shall act accordingly, until the disability be removed, ir a President shall be elected.

The President shallodat stated times, receive for his services, a compenation, which shall neither be increased nor diminished during the period or which he shall have been elected; and he shall not receive within that Jeriod, any other einolument from the United States, or any of them.

Before he enter on the execution of his office, he shall take the following ath or affirmation:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will, to the best of my ability, pre

Sec. 2. She President shall be commander-in-chief of the army and pavy of the United States, and of the militia of the several States, when called into the actual service of the United States: he may require the opinion in writing, of the principal officer in each of the executive depart ments, upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices; and he shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offences against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.

He shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers ard consols, judges of the Sua preme Court, and all other officers of the United States, whose appoint:

ments are not herein ntherwise provided for, and which shall be established by law. But the Congress may by law rest the appointment of such inferior officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of law, or in the Heads of Departments.

The President shall have power to fill up all vacancies that may happen duriag the recess of the Senate, by granting commissions, which shall ex. pire at the end of their next session.

Sec. 3. He shall, from time to time, give to the Congress information of the state of the Union, and recommend to their consideration such mea. sures as he shall judge pecessary and expedient: he may, on extraordinary occasions, convene both houses, or either of them; and in case of disagreement between them, with respect to the time of adjournment, he may adjourn them to such time as he shall think proper: he shall receive ambassadors and other public officers: he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed, and shall commission all the officers of the United States.

Sec. 4. The President, Vice President, and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviczion of, treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.


Sec. 1. The judicial power of the United States shall be yested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The judges, both of the Supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their offices during good behaviour; and shall, at stated times, receive for their services a compensation, which shall not be diminished during their continuance in office.

Sec. 2. The judicial power shall extend to all cases, in law and equity, arising under this constitution, the laws of the United States, and treaties made, or which shall be made, under their authority; to all cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls; to all cases of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction; to controversies to which the United States shall be a party; to controversies between two or more States; between a State and citizens of another State; between citizens of different States; be. tween citizens of the same State, claiming lands under grants of different States: and between a State or the citizens thereof, and foreign States, citi zens or subjects.

In all cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, and those in which a State shall be party, the Supreme Court shall have original jurisdiction. In all the other cases before mentioned, the Supreme Court shall have appellate jurisdiction, both as to law and fact, with such exceptions, and under such regulations, as the Congress shall make,

The trial of all crimes, except in cases of impeachment, shall be by jury; and such trial shall be held in the State where the said crimes shall have been committed; bụt when not committed within any State, the trial shall beat such place or places as the Congress may by law have directed.

Sec. 3. Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open Court.

'The Congress shall have power to declare the punishment of treasort; but no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture, except during the life of the person attainted.


Sec. 1. Full faith and credit shall be given in each State to the public acts, records and judicial proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may, by general laws, prescribe the manner in which such acts, re cords and proceedings, shall be proved, and the effect thereof.

Sec. 2. The citizens of each State shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of citizens in the several States.

A person charged in any State with treason, felony, or other crime, who shall flee from justice, and be found in another State, shall, on demand of the executive authority of the State from which he fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the State having jurisdiction of the crime.

No person held to service or labor in one State, under the laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in consequence of any law or regulation therer in, be discharged from such service or labor; but shall be delivered up on claim of the party to whom such service or labor may be due.

Sec. 3. New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the junction of two or more States, or parts of States, without the consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned, as well as of the Congress.

The Congress shall have power to dispose of and make all needful rules and regulations respecting the territory or other property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this constitution shall be so construed as to prejudice any claims of the United States, or of any particular State.

Sec. 4. The United States shall guaranty to every State in this Union, a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on application of the Legislature or of the Executive, (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic violence:


The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this constitution; or on the application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three-fourths of the several States, or by conventions in three-fourths thereof, as the one or the other inode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress: Provided, That no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eighi hundred and eight, shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no State, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.


All debts contracted, and engagements entered into, before the adoption of this constitution, shall be as valid against the United States under this constitution, as under the confederation.

This constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land: and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby; any thing in the constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by an oath or affirmation, to support this constitution: but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.


The ratification of the conventions of nine States, shall be sufficient for the establishment of this constitution, between the States so ratifying the same.

DONE IN CONVENTION, by the unanimous consent of the States pre

sent, 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,


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