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Section 4. The general assembly, at its first session after the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty-nine, and from time to time thereafter, shall appoint an attorney-general, who shall be commissioned by the governor, and shall hold his office for the term of four years; but if the general assembly should hereafter extend the term during which solicitors of the state shall hold their offices, then they shall have power to extend the term of office of the attorney-general to the same period.

ARTICLE 4.

Section 1. § 1. No convention of the people shall be called by the general assembly, unless by the concurrence of two-thirds of all the members of each house of the general assembly.

2. No part of the constitution of this state shall be altered, unless a bill to alter the same shall have been read three times in each house of the general assembly, and agreed to by three-fifths of the whole number of members of each house respectively; nor shall any alteration take place until the bill so agreed to shall have been published six months previous to a new election of members to the general assembly. If, after such publication, the alteration proposed by the preceding general assembly shall be agreed to in the first session thereafter, by two-thirds of the whole representation in each house of the general assembly, after the same shall have been read three times on three several days, in each house, then the said general assembly shall prescribe a mode by which the amendment or amendments may be submitted to the qualified voters of the house of commons throughout the state ; and if, upon comparing the votes given in the whole state, it shall appear that a majority of the voters have approved thereof, then, and not otherwise, the same shall become a part of the constitution.

Section 2. The thirty-second section of the constitution shall be amended to read as follows: No person who shall deny the being of God, or the truth of the Christian religion, or the divine authority of the Old or New Testament, or who shall hold religious principles incompatible with the freedom or safety of the state, shall be capable of holding any office or place of trust or profit in the civil department within this state.

Section 3. § 1. Capitation tax shall be equal throughout the state, upon all individuals subject to the same.

2. All free males over the age of twenty-one years, and under the age of forty-five years, and all slaves over the age of twelve years, and under the age of fifty years, shall be subject to capitation tax, and no other person shall be subject to such tax: Provided, that nothing herein contained shall prevent exemptions of taxable polls, as heretofore prescribed by law, in cases of bodily infirmity.

Section 4. No person who shall hold any office or place of trust or profit unde the United States, or any department thereof, or under this state, or any other state or government, shall hold or exercise any other office or place of trust or profit under the authority of this state, or be eligible to a seat in either house of the general assembly: Provided, that nothing herein contained shall extend to officers in the militia or justices of the peace.

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CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA.

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We, the delegates of the people of the state of South Carolina, in general convertion met, do ordain and establish this constitution for its government.

ARTICLE 1. $ 1. The legislative authority of this state shall be vested in a general assembly, which shall consist of a senate and house of representatives.

2. The house of representatives shall be composed of members chosen by ballot, every second year, by the citizens of this state, qualified as in this constitution is provided.

3. The several election districts in this state shall elect the following number of representatives, viz :

Charleston, including St. Philip and St. Michael, . fifteen members,
Christ Church,

three do.
St. John, Berkley,

three do. St. Andrew,

three do. St. George, Dorchester,..

three

do. St. James, Goose Creek,

three do. St. Thomas and St. Dennis,..

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do. St. Paul,

three do. St. Bartholomew,

three do. St. James, Santee,...

three do. St. John, Colleton,....

three do. St. Stephen,

three do, St. Helena,

three do. St. Luke,....

three do. Prince William,

three do. St. Peter,

three do.
All Saints, (including its ancient boundaries,)

do.
Winyaw, (not including any part of All Saints,) three do.
Kingston, (not including any part of All Saints,) two do.
Williamsburgh,..

two do.
Liberty,....

two do. Marlborough,

two do.

two Chesterfield,

do. Darlington,

two do. York,..

three do. Chester,

two Fairfield,

two do. Richland,

two do Lancaster,

two do. Kershaw,

two

do. Claremont,

two do. Clarendon,

two do.

one

do.

Abbeville,

three members, Edgefield,

three do. Newbury, (including the fork between Broad

three do. and Saluda rivers,) Laurens, .

three do. Union,

two do. Spartan,

two

do. Greenville,

two do. Pendleton,

three do. St. Matthew,

two

do. Orange,

two do. Winton, (including the district between Savan

three do. nah river, and the north fork of Edisto,).. Saxe Gotha, .

three do. 4. Every free white man, of the age of twenty-one years, being a citizen of this state, and having resided therein two years previous to the day of election, and who hath a freehold of fifty acres of land, or a town lot, of which he hath been legally seized and possessed, at least six inonths before such election, or, not having such freehold or town lot, hath been a resident in the election district, in which he offers to give his vote, six months before the said election, and hath paid a tax the preceding year of three shillings sterling towards the support of this government, shall have a right to vote for a member or members, to serve in either branch of the legislature, for the election district in which he bolds such property, or is so resident.

5. The returning officer, or any other person present, entitled to vote, may require any person who shall offer his vote at an election, to produce a certificate of his citizenship, and a receipt from the tax collector of his having paid a tax, entitling him to vote, or to swear, or affirm, that he is duly qualified to vote agreeably to this constitution.

6. No person shall be eligible to a seat in the house of representatives,
unless he is a free white man, of the age of twenty-one years, and hath
heen a citizen and resident in this state three years previous to his elec-
tion. If a resident in the election district, he shall not be eligible to a
seat in the house of representatives, unless he be legally seized and pos-
lessed, in his own right, of a settled freehold estate of five hundred acres
of land, and ten negroes; or of a real estate, of the value of one hun-
dred and fifty pounds sterling, clear of debt. If a non-resident, he shall
be legally seized and possessed of a settled freehold estate therein, of the
value of five hundred pounds sterling, clear of debt.
7. The senate shall be composed of members to be chosen for four
Sears, in the following proportions, by the citizens of this state, qualified
Welect members to the house of representatives, at the same time, in the
same manner, and at the same places, where they shall vote for repre-
Hentatives, viz.

Charleston, (including St. Philip and St. Michael,) two members,
Christ church,

do. St. John, Berkley,

do. St. Andrew,

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St. James, Goose Creek,..

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do. St. Paul,

do. St. Bartholomew,

do. St. James, Santee,

one

do. St. John, Colleton,

do. St. Stephens,

do. St. Helena,

do. St. Luke,

one do. Prince William,

one do. St. Peter,...

do. All Saints,

do Winyaw and Williamsburgh,.

do. Liberty and Kingston,..

do. Marlborough, Chesterfield, and Darlington,

two do. York,

do. Fairfield, Richland, and Chester,

do. Lancaster and Kershaw,

do. Claremount and Clarendon,.

do. Abbeville,

do. Edgefield,

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Newbury, (including the fork between Broad and

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Laurens,

do.
Union,

do. Spartan,

do. Greenville,

do. Pendleton,..

do. St. Matthew and Orange,

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8. No person shall be eligible to a seat in the senate, unless he is a free white man, of the age of thirty years, and hath been a citizen and resident in this state five years previous to his election. If a resident in the election district, he shall not be eligible unless he be legally seized and possessed, in his own right, of a settled freehold estate of the value of three hundred pounds sterling, clear of debt. If a non-resident in the election district, he shall not be eligible unless he be legally seized and possessed, in his own right, of a settled freehold estate, in the said district, of the value of one thousand pounds sterling, clear of debt.

9. Immediately after the senators shall be assembled, in consequence of the first election, they shall be divided by lot into two classes.

The seats of the senators of the first class shall be vacated at the expiration of the second year, and of the second class, at the end of the fourth year; so that one half thereof, as near as possible, may be chosen, for ever thereafter, every second year, for the term of four years.

10. Senators and members of the house of representatives, shall be chosen on the second Monday in October next, and the day following: and on the same days in every second year thereafter, in such manner, and at such times, as are herein directed; and shall meet on the fourth

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