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Congress of the United States,

BEGUN AND HELD AT THE CITY OF NEW-YORK, ON WEDNESDIT THE FOURTH OF MARCH, ONE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED

AND EIGHTY. SINE.

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The Conventions of a number of Siates, having, at the

time of their adopting the Constiiution, exprefed a defire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further dclaratory and restrictive clauses should be added : And, as extending the ground of public confidence in the government, will best cnsure the beneficent ends of its infiitution :

D ESOLVED by the Senate and House of RepreI sentatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two-thirds of both Houles concurring, That the following articles be proposed to the legislatures of the several states, as amendments to the constitution of the United States, all or any of which articles, when ratified by threc-fourths of the faid legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution ; viz.

Articles in addition to, and timendment of, the Constitute

tion of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and retified by the Legislatures of the sea vcral Staics, pursuant to the fifth article of the original Comfiitution.

Ariicle the Firit. ''. After the first enumeration required by the first

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No law varying the compenfation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effeet, until an election of representatives shall have intervened.

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time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

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his favour, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defence.

Article the Ninth. .

In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact, tried by ajury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Article the Tenth. Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Article the Eleventh. The enumeration in the constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

. Article the Twelfth. . The powers not delegated to the United States by the constitution, nor prohibited by it to the {tates, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people. FREDERICK AUGUSTUS MUHLENBERG,

Speaker of the House of Representatives.
JOHN ADAMS, Vice-President of the United States,

and President of he Senate,
SS John BeckLEY, Clerk of the House of Representativesa
Š Sam. A. Otis, Secretary of the Senate..
Note. The ten last articles of ame:dments have been

adopted by three-fourths of the Legislatures of the se.
veral states in the union, and are become a part of the

Constitution of the United States. The two first articles
, have not been adopted.
VOL. III.

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7.

Acts passed at the First Session of the Third Congress. CHAPTER

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I. An act making an alteration in the flag

of the United States,
II. An act providing for the relief of such

of the inhabitants of Saint Domingo, re-
fident within the United States, as

may be found in want of support,
III. An act for the relief of Thomas Jen-

kins and fons,
IV. An act in alteration of the act estab-

lishing a mint and regulating the coins
· of the United States,
V. An act for the remiffion of the duties

arising on the tonnage of fundry French
vessels which have taken refuge in the

ports of the United States, ; .
VI. An act making appropriations for the

Support of government, for the year one
thousand seven hundred and ninety-

four, . '
. An act making further provision for the
expenses attending the intercourse of
the United States with foreign nations ;
and further to continue in force the act,
intitled, an act providing the means
of intercourse between the United States
and foreign nations,

16 VIII. An act authorizing a loan of one mil

lion of dollars,

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