At the General Assembly of the State of Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations, Begun and Holden, ... at ... Within and for the Said State, on ..., in the Year of Our Lord ...

Henry Ward, Secretary, 1862

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Sida 186 - The principle asserted is, that one legislature is competent to repeal any act which a former legislature was competent to pass; and that one legislature cannot abridge the powers of a succeeding legislature. The correctness of this principle, so far as respects general legislation, can never be controverted. But, if an act be done under a law, a succeeding legislature cannot undo it. The past cannot be recalled by the most absolute power.
Sida 13 - On the diffusion of education among the people rests the preservation and perpetuation of our free institutions.
Sida 167 - States; pilots; mariners actually employed in the sea service of any citizen or merchant within the United States...
Sida 12 - The people of this commonwealth have the sole and exclusive right of governing themselves, as a free, sovereign, and independent state; and do, and forever hereafter shall, exercise and enjoy every power, jurisdiction, and right, which is not, or may not hereafter be, by them expressly delegated to the United States of America, in Congress assembled.
Sida 133 - I do solemnly swear that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich; and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge all the duties incumbent on me as according to the best of my abilities and understanding, agreeably to the constitution and laws of the United States.
Sida 241 - That no person shall at any time be allowed to vote in the election of the City Council of the city of Providence, or upon any proposition to impose a tax, or for the expenditure of money in any town or city, unless he shall within the year next preceding have paid a tax assessed upon his property therein, valued at least at one hundred and thirty.four dollars.
Sida 186 - That the framers of the constitution did not intend to restrain the States in the regulation of their civil institutions, adopted for internal government, and that the instrument they have given us is not to be so construed, may be admitted.
Sida 158 - After which the president of the court shall administer to the recorder the following oath: "You, AB, do swear that you will, according to your best abilities, accurately and impartially record the proceedings of the court and the evidence to be given in the case in hearing: so help you God.
Sida 140 - ... prints, pictures, drawings, or other representations are kept in any house, shop, room, or other place within the limits of the jurisdiction of any such magistrate or justices, for the purpose of sale or distribution, exhibition for purposes of gain, lending upon hire...
Sida 186 - To a certain extent this is certainly correct; but the distinction lies between power and interest, the right of jurisdiction and the right of soil. The right of jurisdiction is essentially connected to, or rather identified with, the national sovereignty. To part with it is to commit, a species of political suicide. In fact, a power to produce its own annihilation -is an absurdity in terms. It is a power as utterly incommunicable to a political as to a natural person.

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