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tion?” Should no one offer to speak, the President shall rise to put the question, and after he has risen, no member shall speak upon it without permission of the Society. 16. When a motion to adjourn is carried, no member shall leave his seat, until the President have left his chair. w . 17. When a motion has been made and decided, it shall be in order for any member (but such as have voted in the minority), to move the re-consideration thereof, if done within three weeks after being voted upon. 18. Every officer, on leaving his office, shall give to his successor all papers, documents, books and money belonging to the Society. 19. No smoking, and no refreshments, except water, shall be allowed in the Society's rooms.


HERE we append, for convenience of reference, and as being what every American should know and understand, a copy (from the Manual prepared for the use of the United States House of Representatives,) of the Constitution of the United States, the Amendments thereto, and several accompanying documents.

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WE, the People of the United States, in Preamble.

order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity, provide for the common de fense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.


All legislative powers herein granted Congress. shall be vested in a Congress of the United

States, which shall consist of a Senate and
House of Representatives.


Representatives, The House of Representatives shall be how chosen. composed of members chosen every second yearby the people of the several States, and the electorsin each Stateshall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislature. §:::::::. No person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained the age of twentyfive years, and have been seven years a citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen. Apportionment of Representatives and direct taxes shall be Representatives, e © and direct taxes' apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole number of free persons, including those bound to service for a term of years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other persons. The actual enumeration shall be made within three years after the first meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent term Census every ten of ten years, in such manner as they shall years. & by law direct. The number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty thousand, but each State shall have at least

One representative; and until such enum-
eration shall be made, the State of New
Hampshire shall be entitled to choose three,
Massachusetts eight, Rhode Island and Provi.

dence Plantations one, Connecticut five, New

York six, New Jersey four, Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina five, South Carolina five, and Georgia three.

When vacancies happen in the representation from any State, the executive authority thereof shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies.

The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other officers; and shall have the sole power of impeachment.


The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the legislature thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have One VOte. Immediately after they shall be assembled in consequence of the first election, they shall be divided as equally as may e into three classes. The seats of the Senators of the first class shall be vacated at the expiration of the second year; of the second class, at the expiration of the fourth year; and of the third class, at the expiration of the sixth year; so that

Vacancies, how filled.

Representatives choose officers and bring impeachImentS.

Senate, how

Senators classed.

Vacancies, how filled.

Qualifications of

Vice President to preside.

Officers of Senate.

Trial of impeachments.

Judgment in impeachments,

one third may be chosen every second
year: and if vacancies happen by resigna-
tion or otherwise during the recess of the
legislature of any State, the executive
thereof may make temporary appoint-
ments until the next meeting of the legis-
lature, which shall then fill such vacancies.
No person shall be a Senator who shall
not have attained to the age of thirty
years, and been nine years a citizen of the
United States, and who shall not, when
elected, be an inhabitant of that State for
which he shall be chosen.
The Vice President of the United States
shall be President of the Senate, but shall
have no vote unless they be equally di-
The Senate shall choose their other offi-
cers, and also a President pro tempore in the
absence of the Vice President, or when he
shall exercise the office of President of the
United States.
The Senate shall have the sole power to
try all impeachments. When sitting for
that purpose, they shall be on oath or
affirmation. When the President of the
United States is tried, the Chief Justic8
shall preside: and no person shall be con-
victed without the concurrence of two
thirds of the members present.
Judgment in cases of impeachment shall
not extend further than to removal from

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