Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856: Dec. 5. 1796-March 3, 1803

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Page 421 - In prosecutions for the publication of papers, investigating the official conduct of officers, or men in a public capacity, or where the matter published is proper for public information, the truth thereof may be given in evidence; and, in all indictments for libels, the jury shall have a right to determine the law and the facts, under the direction of the court, as in other cases.
Page 389 - Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press ; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Page 260 - The migration or importation of such persons as any of the states now existing shall think proper to admit shall not be prohibited by Congress prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight; but a tax or duty may be imposed on such importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each person.
Page 13 - ... American people, pledged to support the Constitution of the United States, I entertain no doubt of its continuance in all its energy, and my mind is prepared, without hesitation, to lay myself under the most solemn obligations to support it to the utmost of my power. And may that Being who is supreme over all, the Patron of order, the Fountain of justice, and the Protector, in all ages of the world, of virtuous liberty, continue His blessing upon this nation and its Government, and give it all...
Page 16 - The situation in which I now stand, for the last time, in the midst of the Representatives of the people of the United States, naturally recalls the period when the administration of the present form of government commenced ; and I cannot omit the occasion to congratulate you and my country on the success of the experiment...
Page 66 - OF THE UNITED STATES: In compliance with a custom as old as the government itself, I appear before you to address you briefly, and to take in your presence the oath prescribed by the Constitution of the United States to be taken by the President "before he enters on the execution of his office.
Page 115 - The speech of the President discloses sentiments more alarming than the refusal of a minister, because more dangerous to our independence and union ; and, at the same time, studiously marked with indignities towards the government of the United States.
Page 16 - I shall persevere in the endeavor to fulfill it to the utmost extent of what shall be consistent with a just and indispensable regard to the rights and honor of our country; nor will I easily cease to cherish the expectation that a spirit of justice, candor, and friendship on the part of the Republic will eventually insure success.
Page 411 - The scene is closed, and we are no longer anxious lest misfortune should sully his glory : he has travelled on to the end of his journey, and carried with him an increasing weight of honor : he has deposited it safely, where misfortune cannot tarnish it, where malice cannot blast it.
Page 6 - Senate, to make a list of the votes as they shall be declared ; that the result shall be delivered to the President of the Senate, who shall announce the state of the vote, and the persons elected, to the two Houses, assembled as aforesaid, which shall be deemed a declaration of the persons elected President and Vice President ; and, together with a list of the votes, be entered on the Journals of the two Houses.