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Cessions of power and territory by states, 83.

~ Charters, violation of, a grievance of the colonies, 5, 139.

protected by the constitution, 138,140.

to the colonies and proprietaries, 49.

-Colonies, their connection with England, and political condition, till the declaration

of independence, 26, 49, 61, 63, 70, 72.

Colonial governments, their nature and powers, 26, 50, 68, 141.

Commerce, extent of the power to regulate, 69, 181, 184, 185.

its limitations, 182, 187.

-Common law, the law of the colonies and states, 3.

its rules in construing laws, grants, &c. 8.

Congress, how composed under the constitution, 32.

powers of, within the states, 83, 95, 98, 183.

powers of, within the territories, dock yards, &c. 85, 87, 98.

proceedings of, before July 4, 1776, 4, 26, 59, 68.

proceedings of, from 1776 till 1787, 77.

consent of, to state laws, 172,174.

Constitution of the United States, its nature and obligation, 11, 23, 29, 44, 66, 83,

101, 104, 137, 140.

how adopted, and by what people, 12, 17, 19, 24, 29, 32.

rules for its construction, 3, 7, 9, 20, 43,47, 99, 102, 104, 118, 129, 185.

construction of particular parts thereof, 129, 185, 190.

different constructions thereof, 2, 36, 100, 126.

- its practical effect and operation, 20.

amendments thereto, 13, 18, 24, 45.

exceptions, prohibitions, and reservations, 44, 64.

Constitutions of states, how formed, 18, 25, 29, 31, 32, 70, 75, 81.

Constitution of England, 4, 7, 51.

compared with those of the United States, 53, 54.

Contracts, obligation of, inviolable by state law, 48, 128, 137, 140.

what impairs and what not, 129, 131, 141, 176.

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