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The CONSTITUTION of Vermont, adopted by the Conven.
tion holden at Windsor, 4th July 1793.
Chap. I.--Art, I. THAT all men are born equally free and indepen.
1 dent, and have certain natural, inherent, and unalienable rights, amongst which are the enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possefling, and protecting property, and pursuing, and obtaining happiness and safety : therefore, no male person born in this country, or brought from over sea, ought to be holden by law, to serve any person as a servani, fave, or apprentice, after he arrives to the age of twentyone years, nor female in like manner, after the arrives to the age of eighteen years, unless they are bound by their own content, after they arrive to such age, or bound by law for the payment of debts, damages, fines, colts, or the like
ARTICLE II. That private propery ouglit to be subservient to public uses when necessity requires ir, nevertheless, when. ever any person's property is taken for the use of the public, the owner ought to receive an equivalent in money.
ARTICLE III. That all men have a natural and unalienable right to worship Aimighty God, according to the dictates of their own confciences apd understandings, as in their opinion shall be regulated by the word of God: and that no man ought to, or of right can be compelled to attend any religious worship, or erect or support any place of worships, or maintain any minister contrary to the dictates of his own conscience, nor can any man be juftly • deprived or abridged of any civil right as a citizen, on
account of his religious sentiments, or peculiar mode of religious worship ; and that no authority can, or ought to be velted in, or assumed by, any power whatever, that shall in any case interfere with, or in any manner cuntroul the rights of conscience, in the free exercise of religious worship. Nevertheless, every sect or denomination of Christians ought to observe the Sabbath or Lord's day, and keep up some fort of religious worship, which to them fhall seem moit agreeable to the revealed will of God.
ARTICLE IV. Every person within this State ought to find a certain remedy, by having recourse to the laws, for all injuries or wrongs, which he may receive in his person, property or character: he ought to obtain right and jurtice freely, and without being obliged to purchase it; completely and without any devial ; promptly and without delay, conformably to the laws.
ARTICLE V. . That the people of this Stare, by their legal represen
tatives, have the fole, inherent, and exclusive right of governing and regulating the internal police of the lame.
ARTICLE VI, That all power being originally inherent in, and consequently derived from the People, therefore all officers of government, whether Legislative or Executive, are their trustees and servants, and at all times, in a legal way, accountable to them.
ARTICLE VII, That government is, or ought to be, instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security of the people, nation, or community, and not for the particuJar emolument or advantage of any single man, family, or set of men, who are a part only of that commuer nity; and that the community hath an indubitable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to reform or alter goverment, in such inaoner as shall be, by that communi-, ty, judged most conducive to the public weal.
ARTICLE VIII. That all elections ought to be free and without corruption, and that all freemen, having a sufficient, evi.
dent, coipmon interest with, and attachment to, the community, have a right to elect officers, and be elected into office, agreeably to the regulations inade in this Constitution.
ARTICLE IX. That every inember of society hath a right to be protected in the enjoyment of life, liberty, and property, and therefore is bound to contribute his proportion towards the expense of that protection, and yield his personal service, when necessary, or an equivalent thereto, but no part of any person's property can be justly taken from him, or applied to public uses, without his own consent, or that of the representative body of freemen ; nor can any man who is conscientiously fcrue pulous of bearing arms, be justly compelled thereto, if be will pay such equivalent; nor are the people bound by any law but such as they have in like manner aslent ed to, for their common good : and previous to any law being made to raise a rax, the purpose for which it is to be raised ought to appear evident to the Legislature, to be of more service to the community than the money would be if not collected..
ARTICLE X. That in all prosecutions for offences, a person hath a, right to be heard by himself and his counsel; to demand the cause and nature of his accusation ; to be confroni. ed with the witnesses ; to call for evidence in his favour, and 'a' speedy public trial by an impartial jury of the country, without, the unanimous consent of which jury, he cannot be found guilty ; nor can he bc coinpelled to give evidence against himself; nor can any person be juftly deprived of his liberty, except by the laws of the Jand'or the judgment of his peers,
ARTICLE XI. That the people have a right to hold themselves, their houses, papers, and posseflions, free from search or seizure ; and therefore warrants, without oath or affirmation first made, affording fufficient foundation för i hem, and whereby any officer or messenger may be cóun manded or required to scarch suspected places, og to seize any person or persons, kis, her, or their property, not particularly described, are contrary to that right, and ought not to be granted. L 2
ARTICLE XII. That when any issue in fact, proper for the cognizance of a jury is joined in a court of law, the parties have a right to trial by jury, which ought to be held facred. .
ARTICLE XIII. That the people have a right to freedom of speech, and of writing, and publishing their sentiments concerning the transactions of government, and therefore the freedom of the press ought not to be restrained.
ARTICLE XIV. The freedom of deliberation, fpeech, and debate, in the Legislature, is fo essential to the rights of the people, that it cannot be the foundation of any accolation or prosecution, action or complaint, in any other court or place whatłoever.
ARTICLE XV. The power of suspending laws, or the execution of laws, ought never to be exercised but bythe Legislature, or by authority derived from it, to be exercised in such particular cases, as this Constitution, or the Legislature Thall provide for.
ARTICLE XVI. That the people have a right to bear armis for the defence of themselves and the State and as standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty, they ought not to be kept up; and that the military should be kept under Itrict subordination to and governed by the civil power,
ARTICLE XVII. 'That no person in this State, can in any case be subjected to law inartial, or to any penalties or pains by virtue of that law, except those employed in the army, and the militia in actual service,
ARTICLE XVIII. That frequent recurrence to fundamental principles, and firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, industry, and frugality, are absolutely necessary to pre. serve the blesfings of Liberty, and keep Government free ; the people ought therefore, to pay particular attention to these points, in the choice of officers and representativas, and have a right in a legal way, to exact
a due and constant regard to them, from their legislators and magistrates, is making and executing fuch laws as are necessary for the good government of the State.
ARTICLE XIX. That all people have a natural and inherent right to emigrate from one State to anotlier that will receive them.
ARTICLE XX. ' That the people have a right to assemble together to consult for their common good to instruct their repre. sentatives and apply to the Legislature for redrels of grievances, by address, petition, or remonitrance.
ARTICLE XXI, That no person shall be liable to be transported out of this State for trial for any offence committed within the fame.
CHAP. II. PLAN OR FRAME OF GOVERNMENT. SECTION 1. THE Commonwealth, or state of Ver. mont, lhall be governed hereafter, by a Governor, (or Lieutenant-Governor) Council, and an Assembly of the Representatives of The Freemen of the fanie, in manner and form following:
SECT, 2. The supreme legislative power shall be vested in a House of Representatives of the freemen of the Commonwealth, or State of Verinont, · SECT. 3. The supreme executive power shall be velt. ed in a Governor, or, in his absence, a Lieut.Governor and Council.
Sect. 4, Courts of Justice shall be maintained in every county in this State, and also in new counties, when formed; wbich Courts shall be open for the trial of all causes proper for her cognizauce ; and justice shall be thercio impartially administered, without cura ruption, or unnecessary delay. The Judges of the Supreme Court shall be juthces of Peace throughout the Srate ; and the leveral Judges of the County Conris, in their respective counties, by virtue of their office, except in the trial of such causes as inay be appealed to the County Court.