Legislative Assemblies: Their Framework, Make-up, Character, Characteristics, Habits, and Manners, Volume 2

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Houghton Mifflin, 1924 - Legislative bodies - 691 pages

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Page 593 - In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights, to illuminate our understandings...
Page 593 - I have lived, Sir, a long time ; and, the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that GOD governs in the affairs of men.
Page 476 - ... any false scandalous and malicious writing or writings against the government of the United States...
Page 349 - In order to prevent those who are vested with authority from becoming oppressors, the people have a right, at such periods and in such manner as they shall establish by their frame of government, to cause their public officers to return to private life; and to fill up vacant places by certain and regular elections and appointments.
Page 249 - And whereas the ministers of the Gospel are, by their profession, dedicated to the service of God and the care .of souls, and ought not to be diverted from the great duties of their functions...
Page 109 - That the Legislative and Executive powers of the state should be separate and distinct from the Judiciary; and that the members of the two first may be restrained from oppression, by feeling and participating the burthens of the people, they should, at fixed periods, be reduced to a private station, return into that body from which they were originally taken...
Page 38 - a Second Chamber dissents from the First, it is mischievous; if it agrees, it is superfluous.
Page 82 - The freest government, if it could exist, would not be long acceptable, if the tendency of the laws were to create a rapid accumulation of property in few hands, and to render the great mass of the population dependent and penniless.
Page 76 - Society, must be an Effect of the Protection afforded to it by the joint Strength of the Society, in the Execution of its Laws. Private Property therefore is a Creature of Society, and is subject to the Calls of that Society, whenever its Necessities shall require it, even to its last Farthing...
Page 239 - No person who acknowledges the being of a God, and a future state of rewards and punishments, shall, on account of his religious sentiments, be disqualified to hold any office or place of trust or profit under this Commonwealth.

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