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CONSTITUTIONS

OF THE SEVERAL

INDEPENDENT STATES

OF

: A M E RICA;

THE

Declaration of Independence;

. THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION

BETWEEN THE SAID STATES;

THE

TREATIES between HIS MOST CHRISTIAN MAJESTY and

the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

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A D V ERTIS E M E N T

. By the E DITOR,
For J. STOCKDALE, in Piccadilly; and sold by J. WALKER,

No. 44, in Pater-noser-Row.
i MDCC LXXXII.

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RESOLVED,

THAT a Committee of three be appointed to collect, and cause to be published, two hundred correct copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, the Alliances between these United States and his Most Christian Majesty, with the Constitutions or Forms of Go

vernment of the several States, to be bound together . in boards. :. .

The members chofen, Mr. Bee, Mr. Witherspoon, and Mr. Wolcott.

Extract from the Minutes,

CHARLES THOMPSON, Secretary.

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de toute espèce. Les jantes, les rayés, les · moyeux des roues fortaient de ces machines,

ausfi achevés que de la main d'un bon ouvrier ; elles faisaient les rainures, les mortaises, les chevilles avec une entière précision. Le Cape. Bentham se proposait d'en faire d'autres pour les puvrages en fer. Il en espérait le même succès; et un seul ouvrier de dehors un peu habile, dévoit suffire pour l'entretien journalier de toutes ces machines, qui pouvaient emploier beaucoup d'hommes mal-adroits à un travail très profitable. De semblables, inventions ne seront pas difficiles au génie actif de nos mécaniciens: mais je pense , : que, même sans leur introduction, il n'est pas impossible d'emploier les prisonniers à des travaux assés productifs, pour que leur entretien ne soit pas une charge publiqué. Il ne faut pas s'attendre à un tel résultat dans les prémières années; mais l'intelligence, les soins, la perseverance des inspecteurs ne pourront manquer d'y parvenir. .. !

La seule loi nécessaire à obtenir du Corps législatif, serait celle qui autoriserait le Directoire, à abréger le tems de détention prononcé par la sentence, pour les prisonniers à l'amendement desquels la bonne conduite , l'assiduité au travail, &c. &c. donneraient droit de croire. Cette

THE

EDITOR'S ADVERTISEMENT.

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A FTER the Colonies of North America had

A completely renounced their allegiance to the Mother-Country, by their folemn Declaration of Independence, in the month of July 1976, each of the States into which they were then divided, adopted different forms of independent governments, befides entering into a general treaty of confederation and union. These plans of new governments were completed at different times by the different States ; a final sanction having been given sooner by some to that form which they chose to adopt, and later by others : thus, the constitution of the Colony of Massachusetts was not finally settled till the month of March 1780. The same difference in point of time also took place in regard to the respective accessions of the new American States to the general treaty of confederation ; the Colony of Maryland, for instance, having only acceded to it in the same month of March 1780, that is, about four years after the Declaration of Independence. To these circumstances it is very probably owing, that no Collection containing the above new Constitutions, together, with the general treaty between the United States of North America, was for abng time published. At last, on the 29th of December

1780,

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