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THIRD CONGRESS

OF THE UNITED STATES.

At a second session, begun and held at the city of Philadelphia,

in the state of Pennsylvania, on Monday the second of December, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-three.

RESOLVED, by the senate and house of representatives of the United States of America in congress assembled, two-thirds of both houses concurring, That the following article be proposed to the legislatures of the several states, as an amendment to the constitution of the United States; which, when ratified by three fourths of the said legislatures, shall be valid as part of the said constitution, viz.

The judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by citizens of another state, or by citizens or subjects of any foreign state.

FREDERICK AUGUSTUS MUHLENBERG,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.

JOHN ADAMS,
Vice-President of the United States and President

of the Senate. SAMUEL A. OTIS, Secretary of the Senate.

Note. This resolution was ratified by three fourths of the states. See Journals of Congress, Jan. 8th, and Feb. 5th. 1798.

EIGHTH CONGRESS

OF THE UNITED STATES.

At the first session begun and held at the City of Washington,

in the territory of Columbia, on Monday the seventeenth of October, one thousand eight hundred and three.

RESOLVED, by the senate and house of representa- . tives of the United States of America, in congress assembled, two-thirds of the houses concurring, That in lieu of the third paragraph of the first section of the second article of the constitution of the United States, the following be proposed as an amendment to the constitution of the United States, which, when ratified by threefourths of the legislatures of the several states, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said constitution, to wit:

The electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for president and vice-president, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballot the person voted for as president, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as vice-president, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as president, and of all persons voted for as vice-president, and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of government of the United States, directed to the president of the senate; the president of the senate shall, in the presence of the senate and house of representatives, open all the certificales and the votes shall then be counted. The person having the greatest number of votes for president shall be the president, if such number be a majority of the

whole number of electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three, on the list of those voted for as president, the house of representatives shall chuse immediately, by ballot, the president. But in chusing the president, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice. And if the house of represenlatives shall not chuse a president whenever the right of choice shall devolve upon them, hefore the fourth day of March next following, then the vice-president shall act as president, as in the case of the death or other constitutional disability of the president.

The person having the greatest number of votes as vice-president, shall be the vice-president, if such number be a majority of the whole number of electors appointed; and if no person have a majority, then from the two highest numbers on the list, the senale shall chuse the vice-president; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of two thirds of the whole number of senators, and a majority of the whole number shall be necessary to a choice.

But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of president shall be eligible to that of vice-president of the United States. Attest,

JOHN BECKLEY,
Clerk to the House of Representatives

of the United States.

SAMUEL A. OTIS,
Secretary to the Senate of

the United States.

Note. Ratified by the constitutional number of the legislatures of the several states, in the year one thousand eight hundred and four.

ELEVENTH CONGRESS ;

OF TAE UNITED STATES.

At the second session, begun and held at the city of Washington,

in the territory of Columbia, on Monday the twenty-seventh of October, one thousand eight hundred and nine.

Resolution, proposing an amendment to the constitution of the

United States.

RESOLVED, by the senate and house of representatives of the United States of America, in congress assembled, two-thirds of both houses concurring, that the following section be submitted to the legislatures of the several states, which, when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the states, shall be valid and binding, as a part of the constitution of the United States.

If any citizen of the United States shall accept, claim, receive or retain any title of nobility or honour, or shall, without the consent of congress, accept and retain any present, pension, office or emolument, of any kind whatever, from any emperor, king, prince or foreign power, such person shall cease to be a citizen of the United States, and shall be incapable of holding any office of trust or profit under them, or either of them.

J. B. VARNUM,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.

JOHN GAILLARD, '
President of the Senate, pro tempore.

CONSTITUTION

OR

FORM OF GOVERNMENT

OF THE

STATE OF LOUISIANA.

· WE, the representatives of the people of all that part of the territory or country ceded under the name of Louisiana, by the treaty made at Paris, on the 30th day of April, 1803, between the United States and France, contained in the following limits, to wit: beginning at the mouth of the river Sabine, thence, by a line to be drawn along the middle of said river, including all its islands, to the thirty-second degree of latitude-thence due north to the northernmost part of the thirty-third degree of north latitude-thence, along the said parallel of latitude, to the river Mississippi—thence down the said river to the river Iberville, and from thence along the middle of the said river and lakes Maurepas and Pontchartrain to the Gulf of Mexico-thence bounded by the said Gulf to the place of beginning, including all islands within three leagues of the coast-in convention assembled by virtue of an act of congress, entitled « An act to enable the people of the territory of Orleans to form a constitution and slate government, and for the admission of said slate into the Union on an equal footing with the original states, and

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