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for five years; and the Provincial Treasurer shall continue in office for one year; and that they shall be severally appointed by the Council and Assembly in manner aforesaid, and commissioned by the Governor, or in his absence the Vice-president of the Council. Provided always, that the said officers severally, shall be capable of being re-appointed at the end of the terms severally before limited; and that any of the said officers shall be liable to be dismissed, when adjudged guilty of misbehaviour, by the Council on an impeachment of the Assembly.

XIII. That the inhabitants of each county, qualified to vote as aforesaid, shall, at the time and place os electing their Representatives, annually elect one Sheriff, and one or more Coroners; and that they may re-elect the fame person to such offices until he shall have served three years, but no longer; after which three years must elapse before the same person is capable of being elected again. When the election is certified to the Governor or Vice-president, under the hands of six freeholders of the county for which they were elected, they

shall shall be immediately commissioned to serve in their respective offices.

XIV. That the townships, at their annual town-meetings for electing other officers, (hall chuse Constables for the districts respectively i and also three or more judicious freeholders of good character, to hear and finally determine all appeals relative to unjust assessments in cafes of public taxation; which Commissioners of Appeal shall, for that purpose, fit at some suitable time or times to be by them appointed> and made known to the people by advertisements. . - ) XV. That the laws of the Colony shall begin in the following stile, viz. Be it enabled by the Council and General AJJ'embly of this Colony; and it is hereby enabled by authority of the fame: that all commissions granted by the Governor or Vice-president mall run thus—The Colony of New-Jersey to A.B. &c. greeting; and that all writs (hall likewise run in the name of the Colony: and that all indictments shall conclude in the following manner, viz. Again/} the peace of this Colony, the government and dignity of the fame.

XVI. That

XVI. That all criminals shall be admitted to the fame privileges of witnesses and counsel, as their prosecutors are or shall be entitled to.

XVII. That the estates of such persons as shall destroy their own lives shall not, for that offence, be forfeited; but shall descend in the same manner as they would have done, had such persons died in the natural way; nor shall any article which may occasion accidentally the death of any one, be henceforth deemed a deodand, or in any wise forfeited on account of such misfortune.

XVIII. That no person shall ever within this colony be deprived of the inestimable privilege of worshipping Almighty God in a manner agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience; nor under any pretence whatever be compelled to attend any place of worship, contrary to his own faith and judgement; nor mall any person within this colony ever be obliged to pay tithes, taxes, or any other rates, for the purpose of building or repairing any other church or churches, place or places of worship, or for the maintenance of any Minister or Ministry, contrary to what he believes to be right, or has deliberately or voluntarily engaged himself to perform.

XIX. That

XIX. That there shall be no establishment of any one religious sect in this province, in preference to another; and that no protestant inhabitant of this colony shall be denied the enjoyment of any civil right, merely on account of his religious principles; but that all persons, professing a belief in the faith of any protestant sect, who shall demean themselves peaceably under the government as hereby established, shall be capable os being elected into any office of prosit or trust, or being a member of either branch of the legislature, and shall fully and freely enjoy every privilege and immunity enjoyed by others their fellowsubjects.

XX. That the legislative department of this Government may, as much as possible, be preserved from all suspicion of corruption, none of the Judges of the Supreme or other Courts, Sheriffs, or any other person or persons possessed of any post os profit under the Government, other than Justices of the Peace, shall be entitled to a seat in the Assembly; but that on his being elected and taking his feat, his office or post shall be considered as vacant.

XXI. That all the laws of this province con


tained in the edition lately published by Mr. A-llinson, shall be and remain in full force, until altered by the legislature of this colony (such /" only excepted as are incompatible with thia^ charter), and shall be, according as heretofore^ regarded in all respects, by all civil officers, arid: others the good people of this province. /

XXII. That the common law of England, as well as so much of the statute law as has been heretofore practised in this colony, shall still remain in force, until they shall be altered by a future law of the legislature i such parts

only excepted as are repugnant to the ag"hts and * privileges contained in this charters and that the inestimable right of trial by jury shall remain confirmed, as a part of the law of this colony, without repeal for ever.

XXIII. That every person who shall be elected as aforesaid to be a member of the Legislative Council or House of Assembly, shall, previous to his taking his feat in Council or Assembly, take the following oath or affirmation, viz.

"I, A. B. do solemnly declare, that, as a member of the Legislative Council or Assembly, (as the cafe may be) of the Colony of Nevv

N Jersey,

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