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THE LEGISLATIVE GUIDE,
ALL THE RULES FOR CONDUCTING BUSINESS IN CONGRESS;
THE CITIZENS' MANUAL,
INCLUDING A CONCISE SYSTEM OF RULES OF ORDER FOUNDED ON CONGRESSIONAL
COPIOUS NOTES AND MARGINAL REFERENCES,
THE RULES AND THE AUTHORITY THEREFOR;
TO ECONOMIZE TIME AND SECURE UNIFORMITY IN THE PROCEEDINGS OF ALL DELIBERATIVE ASSEMBLIES,
TO MEET THE WANTS OF EVERY PRIVATE CITIZEN WHO DESIRES TO UNDERSTAND THE RIGHT WAY TO TRANSACT PUBLIC BUSINESS. "
JOSEPH BARTLETT BURLEIGHY LE, D.
FOURTH EDITION REVISED..
LIPPINCOTT, GRAMBO & CO.,
THE Author's attention was first called to the importance of a uniform system of rules for conducting public business, when presiding at the faculty meetings of a University, which were composed of members educated in the different States of the Union, and in different countries of Europe.
Questions sometimes arose in reference to the mode of conducting business, respecting which the members entertained various opinions. This led to an examination of works on Parliamentary practice, for there were none based on Congressional proceedings, and it was found that no two books were alike in all respects, that the rules of State Legislatures differed from each other, and from those of Congress, in matters where uniformity would add alike to the convenience of the members and the dispatch of business.
There are now more than thirty State Legislatures; each having its separate and distinct forms for conducting public business. After having visited most of those bodies during their sessions, the Author is of the opinion, that much time is needlessly lost for the want of a systematic and uniform standard.
No one can doubt but that the will of the majority is often defeated, and public business retarded, for the want of the general diffusion of, and the familiar acquaintance with, correct legislative forms of proceeding.
This Guide contains a full set of rules for conducting business in every association, of whatever name or character, from the lowest to the most exalted.
By these, a person having properly learned how to conduct the affairs of a small society or meeting of one kind, may know at once how to carry on that much of the proceedings of another body of larger size and greater scope, and a State legislator, on being transferred to Congress, will not be under the disagreeable necessity of unlearning anything he has acquired, and studying a new system of rules for conducting legislative business.
-Entered, according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1852, by
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the District of Maryland.
Stereotyped by SLOTE & MOONEY, Philadelphia, | Printed by T. K. & P. G. COLLINS.
DEPARTMENT OF STATE. WASHINGTON, OCTOBER 3, 1850.
I have carefully compared Burleigh's Script Edition of the American Constitution and the Amendments appended, with the original manuscript and the twelve Amendments, IN THE ORDER OF THEIR ADOPTION, and have found that it minutely delineates the original documents, with all their peculiarities.
It may be proper to add, that other Amendments have been proposed, but only the aforesaid twelve have been constitutionally ratified.
KEEPER OF THE ARCHIVES.
WASHINGTON, D. C., SEPT. 30, 1850.
I have critically compared Burleigh's Script Constitution of the United States, and all its Amendments, with the original documents deposited at the Department of State, and have found them in every respect alike, even to the minutest particular.
PROOF-READER IN THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE.
THE following Script is an exact copy, in capitals, orthography, text, and punctuation, of the CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, as proposed by the Convention held at Philadelphia, September 17, 1787, and since ratified by the several States; with the Amendments thereto.
We the People of the United States, in
dain and establish this Constitution
for the United States of America.
Section. 1. All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Con= gress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.
Constitution established by the People
Of the Legislative power.