Acts and Resolves Passed by the General Court

University Press of Cambridge, 1897
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˹ 5 - universe. And no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained, in his person, liberty, or estate, for worshipping GOD in the manner and season most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience; or for his religious profession of sentiments; provided he doth not disturb the public peace, or obstruct
˹ 8 - completely, and without any denial ; promptly, and without delay ; conformably to the laws. XII. No subject shall be held to answer for any crimes or offence, until the same is fully and plainly, substantially, and formally, described to him ; or be compelled to accuse, or furnish evidence against himself. And every subject
˹ 5 - an original, explicit, and solemn compact with each other; and of forming a new constitution of civil government, for ourselves and posterity; and devoutly imploring His direction in so interesting a design, do agree upon, ordain, and establish, the following Declaration of Rights, and Frame of Government, as the CONSTITUTION OP THE COMMONWEALTH OP
˹ 9 - XVIII. A frequent recurrence to the fundamental principles of the constitution, and a constant adherence to those of piety, justice, moderation, temperance, industry, and frugality, are absolutely necessary to preserve the advantages of liberty, and to maintain a free government. The people ought, consequently, to have a particular attention to all those principles, in the choice of their officers
˹ 61 - House of Representatives, privileges of members ..... 18 may require the attendance of secretary of the commonwealth in person or by deputy, ....... 26 may require the opinions of the justices of the supreme judicial court upon important questions of law, and upon solemn occasions ......... 26 meeting for election to be held on the Tuesday next after
˹ 5 - certain natural, essential, and unalienable rights; among which may be reckoned the right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties; that of acquiring, possessing, and protecting property ; in fine, that of seeking and obtaining their safety and happiness.
˹ 507 - shall be issued as registered bonds or with interest coupons attached, and shall bear interest at a rate not exceeding four per cent, per annum, payable semi-annually on the first days of January and July in each year, shall be
˹ 131 - to cause to be properly interred the body of any honorably discharged soldier, sailor or marine who served in the army or navy of the United States during the war of the rebellion, and the wives and widows of the same
˹ 11 - inhabiting the territory formerly called the Province of Massachusetts Bay, do hereby solemnly and mutually agree with each other, to form themselves into a free, sovereign, and independent body politic, or state, by the name of THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS. CHAPTER I. THE LEGISLATIVE POWER. SECTION I. The General Court.
˹ 20 - the governor with the said councillors, or five of them at least, shall, and may, from time to time, hold and keep a council, for the ordering and directing the affairs of the commonwealth, agreeably to the constitution and the laws of the land. V. The governor, with advice of council, shall have May adjourn or