Elements of Civil Government eBook

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GEORGE WASHINGTON, President and Deputy from Virginia.

New Hampshire.—­John Langdon, Nicholas Gilman.

Massachusetts.—­Nathaniel Gorham, Rufus King.

Connecticut.—­Wm. Samuel Johnson, Roger Sherman.

New York.—­Alexander Hamilton.

New Jersey.—­William Livingston, William Patterson, David Brearley,
Jonathan Dayton.

Pennsylvania,—­Benjamin Franklin, Robert Morris, Thomas Fitzsimons,
James Wilson, Thomas Mifflin, George Clymer, Jared Ingersoll, Gouverneur

Delaware.—­George Read, John Dickinson, Jacob Broom, Gunning Bedford,
Jr., Richard Bassett.

Maryland.—­James M’Henry, Daniel Carroll, Daniel of St. Tho.  Jenifer.

Virginia.—­John Blair, James Madison, Jr.

North Carolina.—­William Blount, Hugh Williamson, Richard Dobbs Spaight.

South Carolina.—­John Rutledge, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Pierce

Georgia.—­William Few, Abraham Baldwin.

Attest, WILLIAM JACKSON, Secretary.


ARTICLES I—­X. Bill of Rights.

ARTICLE I. 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 to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

ARTICLE II.  A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

ARTICLE III.  No soldier shall, in time of peace, be quartered in any house without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

ARTICLE IV.  The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated; and no warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

ARTICLE V. No person shall be held to answer for a capital or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled, in any criminal case, to be a witness against himself; nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.

ARTICLE VI.  In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor; and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

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