A Familiar Exposition of the Constitution of the United States: Containing a Brief Commentary on Every Clause, Explaining the True Nature, Reasons, and Objects Thereof; Designed for the Use of School Libraries and General Readers
Other editions - View all
adopted amendment American appellate jurisdiction appointed arising Articles of Confederation authority bill of attainder Bill of Rights choice citizens civil clause Colonies commerce common law Confederation consent Constitution Continental Congress contracts controversies crimes crimes and misdemeanors danger debts declare deemed defence delegates duties elections Electors entitled equal establish exclusive Executive exercise foreign nations grant gress habeas corpus House of Representatives impeachment important independent indispensable influence inhabitants interests judgement judges judicial power justice land latter legislative Legislature letters of marque liberty means ment militia mode National Government nature object obligation offences original jurisdiction party peace person political possess power of Congress principles privileges prohibition proper propriety punishment question reasoning regulate require respect secure Senate statute suit Supreme Court taxes Territory thereof tion treaties trial by jury tribunals Union United vested Vice President whole writ
Page 300 - Congress shall make. 3. 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 ; but when not committed within any State, the trial shall be at such place, or places, as the Congress may by law have directed.
Page 282 - When land forces are raised by any state for the common defence, all officers of or under the rank of colonel shall be appointed by the legislature of each state respectively, by whom such forces shall be raised, or in such manner as such state shall direct ; and all vacancies shall be filled up by the state which first made the appointment.
Page 316 - If in the opinion of the people the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this in one instance may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.
Page 309 - ... it is of infinite moment, that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national Union, to your collective and individual happiness...
Page 294 - States; 3. To regulate commerce with foreign nations and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes; 4. To establish an uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States; 5. To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures; 6. To provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States; 7.
Page 287 - Journal of their proceedings monthly, except such parts thereof relating to treaties, alliances or military operations, as in their judgment require secrecy; and the yeas and nays of the delegates of each state on any question shall be entered on the Journal, when it is desired by any delegate; and the delegates of a state, or any of them...
Page 281 - No State shall lay any imposts or duties which may interfere with any stipulations in treaties entered into by the United States in Congress assembled, with any king, prince or State, in pursuance of any treaties already proposed by Congress to the courts of France and Spain.
Page 282 - ... united states in congress assembled can be consulted nor shall any state grant commissions to any ships or vessels of war, nor letters of marque or reprisal, except it be after a declaration of war by the united states in congress assembled, and then only against the kingdom or state and the subjects thereof, against which...
Page 300 - 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.