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wise provided for, and which shall be established by law, But the Congress may, by law, vest 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 during the recess of the Senate, by granting commissions, which shall expire at the end of their

next session. Further

Sect. III. He shall, from time to time, give to the Conpowers and gress information of the state of the Union and recommend duties. to their consideration such measures, as he shall judge ne

cessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary occasions, convenie 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 ministers ; he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed, and shall commission all the officers of the

United States. President,

Sect. IV. The President, Vice-President, and all civil.

be officers of the United States, shall be removed from office removed on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, from office, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

ARTICLE III. Of the jadi. SECT. I. The judicial power of the United States shall cial power. be vested 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 Concerning courts, shall hold their offices during good behaviour, and the judges. shall, at stated times, receive for their services a compen

sation, which shall not be diminished during their continu

ance in office. Extent of Sect. II. The judicial power shall extend to all casesin the judicial law and equity, arising under this Constitution, the laws of power. 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, between citizens of the same state claiming 'lands under grants of different states, and between a state, or the citizens thereof, and foreign states, citizens, or subjects.

In all cases affecting ambassadors, other public minisOf original

Jel ters and consuls, and those in which a state shall be parlate jurisdic-ty, the supreme court shall have original jurisdiction. In tion of the all the other cases before mentioned, the supreme court fupreme shall have appellate jurisdiction, both as to law and fact, Gout.

with such exceptions, and under such regulations, as the Congress shall make.

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

Sect. III. Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering Of treason. 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 treason, but no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture, except during the life of the person attainted.

ARTICLE IV. SECT. I. Full faith and credit shall be given in each of records. state to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings &c. of every other state. And the Congress may, by general laws, prescribe the manner in which such acts, records and proceedings shall be proved, and the effect thereof.

SECT. II. The citizens of each state shall be entitled to Of citizens all privileges andimmunities of citizens in the several states. Thip.

A person charged in any state with treason, felony, or other crime, who shall flee from justice, and be found in Of fugitive another state, shall, on demand of the executive authority criminals. 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 labour in one state, under Of serons the laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in conse- beld to ser quence of any law or regulation therein, be discharsed vice. from such service or labour, but shall be delivered up, on claim of the party to whom such service or labour may be due.

Sect. III. New states may be admitted by the Con- of neiv gress into this Union; but no new state shall be formed fares. 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 or the term all needful rules and regulations respecting the territory, cr rory of ilie other property, belonging to the United States; and nothing United in this Constitution shall be so construed, as to prejudice Siaics. any claims of the United States, or of any particular state. SECT. IV. The United States shall guarantee to every F

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publican state in this Union a republican forın of government, and

government shall protect each of them against invasion ; and, on appli- quaranteed cation of the legislature, or of the executive (when the to the feuclegislature cannot be convenied) against domestic violence, ral fats.


Of amend The Congress, whenever two-thirds of both Houses shall ments to the deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Conconftitution. stitution, 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 mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress : Provided that no amendment, which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight 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:


Of former debts.

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. Force of the This Constitution, and the laws of the United States conftitution, which shall be made in pursuance thereof, and all treaties laws, and made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the treaties of Unit the United

United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the States.

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 Gf a political test.

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 oath or affirmation, to

support this Constitution ; but no religious test shall ever be Of a religious teft.

glo required as a qualification to any office,or public trust, under the United States.

ARTICLE VII. Of the ratin The ratification of the Conventions of nine states shall be lication of sufficient for the establishment of this Constitution, between the Confti- the states so ratifying the same. . tution.

Done in Convention, by the unanimous consent of the

States present, 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. In witness whereof,
we have hereunto subscribed our names.

And deputy from Virginia.

New Hampshire.

. . Delaware. John Langdon,

George Read, Nicholas Gilman.

Gunning Bedford, jun. Massachusetts. John Dickinson, Nathaniel Gorham,

Richard Bassett,
Rufus King.

Jacob Broom,

William Sanuel Johnson, James M Henry,
Roger Sherman.

Daniel of St. Tho. Jenifer,
New-York. Daniel Carroll.
Alexander Hamilton.

New Jersey. John Blair,
William Livingston,

James Madison, jun.
Doeid Brearly,

North-Carolina. William Paterson,

William Blount, Jonathan Dayton.

Richard Dobbs Spaight, Pennsylvania. Hugh Williamson. Benjamin Franklin,

South-Carolina. Thomas Mifflin,

John Rutledge, Robert Morris,

Charles Cotesworth Pinkney, George Clymer

Charles Pinkney, Thomas Fitzsimons,

Pierce Butler. Fored Ingersoll,

Georgia. James Wilson,

William Few, Gouverneur Morris.

Abraham Baldwin. Attest. William Jackson, Secretary.


Monday, September 17, 1787. RESOLVED, THAT the preceding Constitution be laid before the

1 United States, in Congress assembled, and that it is the opinion of this Convention, that it should afterwards be submitted to a Convention of Delegates, chosen in each state by the people thereof, under the recommendation of its legislature, for their assent and ratification ; and that each Convention assenting to, and ratifving the same, should give notice thereof to the United States, in Congress assembled.

RESOLVED, That it is the opinion of this Convention, that as soon as the Conventions of nine states shall have ratified this Constitution, the United States in Congress assembled, should fix a day, on which electors should be appointed by the states which shall have ratified the same, and a day on which the electors should assemble to vote for the President and the time and place for commencing proceedings under this Constitution ; that after such publication, the electors should be appointed, and the Senators and Representatives elected. That the electors should meot on the day fixed

for the election of the President, and should transmit their votes, certified, signed, sealed and directed, as the Constitution requires, to the Secretary of the United States, in Congress assembled ; that the Senators and Representatives should convene at the time and place assigned ; that the Senators should appoint a President of the Senate, for the sole purpose of receiving, opening and counting the votes for President ; and, that after he shall be chosen, the Congress, together with the President, should, without delay, proceed to execute this Constitution. By the unanimous order of the Convention,



September 17, 1787.


TITE have now the honor to submit to the considera.

tion of the United States, in Congress assembled; that Constitution which has appeared to us the most advisable.

The friends of our country have long seen and desired, tirat the power of making war, peace, and treaties, that of levying money, and regulating commerce, and the correspondent executive and judicial authorities, should be fully and effectually vested in the general government of the Union : but the impropriety of delegating such extensive trust to one body of men, is evident. Hence results the necessity of a different organization.

It is obviously impracticable, in the Federal Governrent of these States, to secure all rights of independent sovereignty to each, and yet provide for the interest and safety of all. Individuals entering into society must give up a share of liberty, to preserve the rest. The magnitude of the sacrifice must depend as well on situation and circumstance, as on the object to be obtainerl. It is at all times difficult to draw with precision the line between those rights which must be surrendcreti, and those which may be reserved ; and on the present occasion, this difficulty was increased by a difference among the several states, as to their situation, estent, habits, and particular interests.

In all our deliberations on this subject, we kept steadily in our view that which appears to us the greatest interest of every true American, the consolidation of our union, in which is involved our prosperity, felicity, safety, pei'haps our national existence. This important consideration, se

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