Journal of the Constitutional Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Begun and Held in Boston, on the Fourth Day of May, 1853
White & Potter, printers, 1853 - 560 strani
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accepted according accordingly adopted affirmative Afterwards Allen appointed ask leave Bates Benjamin Boston Boutwell Brown Butler called chair Chapin Charles Clark Committee Committee rise Commonwealth consider consideration Constitution Convention Convention adjourned court Daniel David Davis debate direction districts Edwards election expediency French Gardner George George H Giles governor granted Griswold Hallett Henry Hiram House of Representatives hundred inserting instructed Isaac James Joel John Jonathan Joseph Josiah justices Knowlton leave to sit legislature Lowell Luther Messrs Morton motion moved to amend Nathaniel Natick negative o'clock offered officers Ordered passed Perkins person President printed proceeded Qualifications question referred rejected relating Report requested Resolve Robert Samuel Schouler Secretary Senate session Stevens striking submitted Sumner taken thereof third Thomas town vote voters Walker White Whole William Wilson Wood Worcester word
Stran 410 - Wisdom and knowledge, as well as virtue, diffused generally among the body of the people, being necessary for the preservation of their rights and liberties; and as these depend on spreading the opportunities and advantages of education in the various parts of the country, and among the different orders of the people, it shall be the duty of legislatures and magistrates, in all future periods of this commonwealth, to cherish the interests of literature and the sciences, and all seminaries of them;...
Stran 388 - It is essential to the preservation of the rights of every individual, his life, liberty, property, and character that there be an impartial interpretation of the laws, and administration of justice. It is the right of every citizen to be tried by judges as free, impartial, and independent as the lot of humanity will admit.
Stran 413 - Legislature so next chosen, as aforesaid, such proposed amendment or amendments, shall be agreed to, by a majority of all the members elected to each house, then it shall be the duty of the Legislature to submit such proposed amendment or amendments to the people...
Stran 410 - And while the public charges of government, or any part thereof, shall be assessed on polls and estates, in the manner that has hitherto been practised, in order that such assessments may be made with equality, there shall be a valuation of estates within the commonwealth, taken anew once in every ten years at least, and as much oftener as the general court shall order.
Stran 406 - All the laws which have heretofore been adopted, used and approved in the Province, Colony or State of Massachusetts Bay, and usually practised on in the courts of law, shall still remain and be in full force, until altered or repealed by the legislature; such parts only excepted as are repugnant to the rights and liberties contained in this constitution.
Stran 289 - HONOR ; and who shall be qualified, in point of religion, property, and residence in the Commonwealth, in the same manner with the governor ; and the day and manner of his election, and the qualifications of the electors, shall be the same as are required in the election of a governor. The return of the votes for this officer, and the declaration of his election, shall be in the same manner ; and if no one person shall be found to have a majority of all the votes returned, the vacancy shall be filled...
Stran 36 - For the purpose of voting, no person shall be deemed to have gained or lost a residence by reason of his presence or absence while employed in the service of the United States ; nor while engaged in the navigation of the waters of this State or of the United States, or of the high seas ; nor while a student of any seminary of learning, nor while kept at any almshouse or other asylum at public expense ; nor while confined in any public prison.
Stran 308 - And no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained, in his person, liberty, or estate, for worshipping GOD in the manner and season most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience; or for his religious profession or sentiments; provided he doth not disturb the public peace, or obstruct others in their religious worship.
Stran 402 - THE Judges of Probate of Wills, and for granting letters of administration, shall hold their courts at such place or places, on fixed days, as the convenience of the people shall require. And the Legislature shall, from time to time, hereafter appoint such times and places; until which appointments, the said courts shall be holden at the times and places which the respective Judges shall direct.
Stran 447 - ... [and who shall have paid, by himself, or his parent, master, or guardian, any state or county tax, which shall, within two years next preceding such election, have been assessed upon him, in any town or district of this commonwealth ; and also every citi/.en who shall be, by law, exempted from taxation, and who shall be in all other respects, qualified as above mentioned...