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Bill Of Rights Massachusetts

Bill Of Rights Massachusetts

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1 Massachusetts, Commonwealth. Constitutional Convention 1853. (Charles Sumner) CONVENTION ... NO. 107, COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS, IN CONVENTION, JULY 8, 1853
Boston The Convention, 1853 1853 Pamphlet Very Good 
Title from caption. 4 page pamphlet. 21cm. Two tiny holes at left margins, having been bound with similar items, not affecting text. "The Committee to whom was referred so much of the Constitution as is contained in the Preamble and the Bill of Rights; Also, the Memorial of John W. LeBarnes, and sundry petitioners in aid thereof against any establishment or recommendation of religion ; Also, the Petition of J. A. Saxton, and of sundry others, for the protection of fugitive slaves ; Also, the Petition of James B. Allen and of sundry others for the abolition of imprisonment of debt ; Also, the Order of the Convention bearing date May 13th, concerning personal liberty and trial by jury ; Also, the Order of May 10th, on the descent of property to aliens ; Also, the Order of May 10th, on imprisonment for debt ; Also, the Order of June 6th, on the poor debtor's oath ; Also, the Order of May 28th, on resleases from the payment of honest debts ; Also, the Order of May 16th, on the tenure of the Supreme Judicial Court ; Also, the Order of May 16th, on the suspension of laws ; Also, the Order of May 20th, on the liberty to pursue any business, trade or employment ; Also, the Order of May 13th, on criminal proceedings for libel ; Also, the Order of May 12th, on distinctions of color ; Also, the Order of May 27th, on a judicial remedy against the Commonwealth ; Have had the same under consideration, and now report to the Convention the Preamble and Bill of Rights, with the following resolutions. CHARLES SUMNER, Chairman. RESOLVES. 1. Resolved, That the Bill of Rights be amended by adding to the eleventh article, as part of the same, the following words : "And every person having a claim against the Commonwealth, ought to have a judical remedy therefor." 2. Resolved, That the Bill of Rights be amended by inserting, between the eleventh and twelfth articles, the following addition article, being identical with one now in another chapter of the Constitution, and which more appropriately belongs to the Bill of Rights, viz : "VII. The privilege and benefit of the writ of habeus corpus shall be enjoyed in this Commonwealth, in the most free, easy, cheap, and expeditious and ample manner ; and shall not be suspended by the legislature, except upon the most urgent and pressing occasions, and for a limited time, not exceeding twelve months." 3. Resolved, That The Bill of Rights be amended in the last sentence of the 29th article, by striking out the words "so long as they behave themselves well, and that they, " and inserting, "by tenures established by the Constitution, and " ; also, by striking out the words "ascertained and established by standing laws," and inserting , "which shall not be diminished during their continuance in office," so that the whole sentence, as amended, shall read as follows : "It is therefore not only the best policy, but for the security of the rights of the people, and of every citizen, that the judges of the Supreme Judicial Court should hold their office by tenures established by the Constitution, and should have honorable salaries, which shall not be diminished during their continuance in office." 4. Resolved, That the Bill of Rights be amended, by inserting between the 29th and 30th articles, the following additional article : "This enumeration of rights shall not impair others retained by the people, and no powers shall ever be assumed by the Legislature that are not granted in this Constitution." ; 8vo; 4 pages 
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