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000 5 1936

PROCLAMATION.

BY THE GOVERNOR.

1, Jolin J. Jacob, Governor of the State of West Virginia, do issue my proclamation, and declare that the Honorable Samuel Price, President of the Convention, which assembled at the seat of government on the third Tuesday in January last, to consider, discuss and propose a new Constitution, or alterations and amendments to the existing Constitution of this State," has certified to me an accurate transcript of the Constitution and Schedule adopted by the said Convention, April ninth, in the year one thousand eight hundred and seventy-two, a copy of which Constitution and Schedule is hereto annexed. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the

seal of the State to be affixed at Charleston, this tenth day L. S. of April, in the year one thousand eight hundred and serenty-two, and of the State, the ninth.

JOHN J. JACOB.
By the Governor:
Join M. PIELPS,

Secretary of State.

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CONSTITUTION

OF THE

STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA.

ARTICLE I.

RELATIONS TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

1. The State of West Virginia is, and shall remain, one of the United States of America. The Constitution of the United States of America, and the laws and treaties made in pursuance thereof, shall be the supreme law of the land.

2. The government of the United States is a government of enumcrated

powers, and all powers not delegated to it, nor inhibited to the States, are reserved to the States or to the people thereof. Among the pewers so reserved by the States, is the exclusive regulation of their own internal government and police; and it is the high and solemn duty of the several departments of government, created by this Constitution, to guard and protect the people of this State, from all oncroachments upon the rights so reserved.

3. The provisions of the Constitution of the United States, and of this State, are operative alike in a period of war as in time of peace, and any departure therefrom, or violation thereof, under the plea of necessity, or any other plea, is subversive of good government, and tends to anarchy and despotism.

4. For the election of representatives to Congress, the State shall be divided into districts, corresponding in number with the represent

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