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THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION, .
PREAMBLE. Section 1. The name of the Union. 2. Each State is sovereign and in
dependent, 3. The object of the Union of the
several States. 4. Mutual friendship between the
people of the different States.Criminals fleeing from justice to be given up. The acts of the courts of one State to be ac
cepted by all the others. 5. Organization and maintenance of
Congress.-Representation of each State in Congress.-Free
dom of speech and debate. 6. States may not enter into any
treaty or alliance with any king, prince or state.-May not enter into any alliance between themselves.-May not layimposts or duties.-Restrictions in regard to vessels of war and armed forces in time of peace. -May not engage in war with
out the consent of Congress. 7. The Legislature to appoint cer
tain military officers. 8. How expenses incurred for mu
tual defense are paid. The Legislatures of the States to
levy taxes. 9. The Congress has power to de
clare peace or war.--To enter
into treaties.-TO decide the manner of dividing prizes taken by land or sea.-To appoint courts for trying piracies and felonies.-To decide disputes between States.-Manner of appointing judges and commissioners.-Regarding controversies as to private right of soil claimed under different grants. -Alloy and value of coin.-In regard to Indians.-Officers of land forces.-01 the naval forces.-Certain committees to be appointed.-To build and equip a navy.-Number of land forces.-Certain things Congress may not do without the assent of nine States.-Congress has power to adjourn.-Journal
of proceedings to be published. 10. Certain powers vested in State
committees. 11. Canada may be admitted into
the Union.-Other colonies may
be admitted. 12. Debts contracted and money bor
rowed under authority of Con
gress. 13. Every State shall abide by the
determinations of Congress.Articles of confederation inviol. able.-Shall not be altered unless agreed to in a Congress of the United States.
Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, between the
States of New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
ARTICLE I. The style of this confederacy shall be "The United States of America."
ARTICLE II. Each State retains its sovereignty, freedom and independence, and every power, jurisdiction and right which is not by this confederation expressly delegated to the United States in Congress assembled.
ARTICLE III. The said States hereby severally enter into a firm league of friendship with each other, for their common defense, the security of their liberties, and their mutual and general welfare, binding themselves to assist each other against all force offered to, or attacks made upon them, or any of them, on account of religion, sovereignty, trade or any other pretense whatever.
ARTICLE IV. Section 1. The better to secure and perpetuate mutual friendship and intercourse among the people of the different States in this Union, the free inhabitant of each of these States (paupers, vagabonds and fugitives from justice excepted), shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of free citizens in the several States, and the people of each State sball have free ingress and regress to and from any other State, and shall enjoy therein all the privileges of trade and commerce, subject to the same duties, impositions and restrictions, as the inhabitants thereof respectively, provided that such restrictions shall not extend so far as to prevent the removal of property imported into any State, to any other State, of which the owner is an inhabitant: Provided, Also, that no imposition, duties or restrictions shall be laid by any State on the property of the United States, or either of them.
Sec. 2. If any person guilty of, or charged with treason, felony or other high misdemeanor in any State, shall flee from justice, and be found in any of the United States, he shall, upon the demand of the Governor or executive power of the State from which he fled, be delivered up and removed to the State having jurisdiction of his offense.
Sec. 3. Full faith and credit shall be given in each of these States, to the records, acts and judicial proceedings of the courts and magistrates of every other State.
ARTICLE V. Section 1. For the more convenient management of the general interests of the United States, delegates shall be annually
appointed in such manner as the Legislature of each State shall direct, to meet in Congress on the first Monday in November, of every year, with a power reserved to each State to recall its delegates, or any of them, at any time within the year, and to send others in their stead, for the remainder of the year.
Sec. 2. No State shall be represented in Congress by less than two, nor more than seven members; and no person shall be capable of being a delegate for more than three years, in any term of six years, nor shall any person, being a delegate, be capable of holding any office under the United States, for which he, or any other for his benefit, receives any salary, fees, or emolument of any kind.
Sec. 3. Each State shall maintain its own delegates in a meeting of the States, and while they act as members of the committee of these States.
Sec. 4. In determining questions in the United States in Con. gress assembled, each State shall have one vote.
Sec. 5. Freedom of speech and debate in Congress shall not be impeached or questioned in any court or place out of Congress, and the members of Congress shall be protected in their persons from arrests and imprisonments during the time of their going to and from, and attendance on Congress, except for treason, fel. ony, or breach of the peace.
Section 1. No State, without the consent of the United States in Congress assembled, shall send any embassy to, or receive any embassy from, or enter into any conference, agreement, alliance or treaty, with any king, prince or State, nor shall any person holding any office of profit or trust under the United States, or any of them, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title of any kind whatever, from any king, prince or foreign State; nor shall the United States, in Congress assembled, or any of them, grant any title of nobility.
Sec. 2. No two or more States shall enter into any treaty, confederation or alliance whatever, between them, without the consent of the United States in Congress assembled, specifying accurately the purposes for which the same is to be entered into, and how long it shall continue.
Sec. 3. No State shall lay any imposts or duties which may interfere with any stipulations in treaties entered into by the United States in Congress asembled, with any king, prince or State, in pursuance of any treaties already proposed by Congress to the courts of France and Spain.
Sec. 4. No vessels of war shall be kept up in time of peace by any State, except such number only as shall be deemed necessary by the United States in Congress assembled, for the defense of such State, or its trade; nor shall any body or forces be kept up by any State, in time of peace, except such number only as, in the judgment of the United States in Congress assembled, shall be deemed requisite to garrison the forts necessary for the defense of such State; but every State shall always keep up a well regulated and disciplined militia, sufficiently armed and accoutered, and shall provide and constantly have ready for use, in public stores, a due number of field pieces and tents, and a proper quantity of arms, ammunition and camp equipage.
Sec. 5. No State shall engage in any war without the consent of the United States in Congress assembled, unless such State be actually invaded by enemies or 'shall have received certain advice of a resolution being formed by some nation of Indians to invade such State, and the danger is so imminent as not to admit of delay till the United States in Congress assembled can be consulted; nor shall any State grant commissions to any ships or vessels of war, nor letters of marque or reprisal, except it be after a declaration of war by the United States in Congress assembled, and then only against the kingdom or State, and the subjects thereof, against which war has been so declared, and under such regulations as shall be established by the United States in Congress assembled, unless such State be infested by pirates, in which case vessels of war may be fitted out for that occasion, and kept so long as the danger shall continue, or until the United States in Congress assembled shall determine otherwise.
ARTICLE VII. When land forces are raised by any State for the common defense, all officers of or under the rank of colonel shall be appointed by the Legislature of each State respectively by whom such forces shall be raised, or in such manner as such State shall direct, and all vacancies shall be filled up by the State which first made the appointment.
ARTICLE VITI. All charges of war, and all other expenses that shall be incurred for the common defense or general welfare, and allowed by the United States in Congress assembled, shall be defrayed out of a common treasury, which shall be supplied by the several States, in proportion to the value of all land within each State, granted to or surveyed for any person, as such land and the buildings and improvements thereon shall be estimated, according to such mode as the United States in Congress assembled shall, from time to time, direct and appoint. The taxes for paying that proportion shall be laid and levied by the authority and direction of the Legislatures of the several States within the time agreed upon by the United States in Congress assembled.
ARTICLE IX. Section 1. The United States in Congress assembled shall have the sole and exclusive right and power of determining on peace and war, except in the cases mentioned in the sixth article, of sending and receiving ambassadors; entering into treaties and alliances, provided that no treaty of commerce shall be made whereby the legislative power of the respective States shall be restrained from imposing such imposts and duties on foreigners as their own people are subjected to, or from prohibiting the exportation or importation of any species of goods or commodities whatsoever; of establishing rules for deciding in all cases what captures on land or water shall be legal, and in what manner prizes taken by land or naval forces in the service of the United States shall be divided or appropriated; of granting letters of marque and reprisal in times of peace; appointing courts for the trial of piracies and felonies committed on the high seas; and establishing courts for receiving and determining finally appeals in all cases of captures; provided that no member of Congress shall be appointed a judge of any of the said courts.
Sec. 2. The United States in Congress assembled shall also be the last resort on appeal in all disputes and differences now subsisting, or that hereafter may arise between two or more States concerning boundary, jurisdiction or any other cause whatever; which authority shall always be exercised in the manner following: Whenever the legislative or executive authority or lawful agent of any State in controversy with another, shall pre