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WITH A LIST OF THE MEMBERS AND OFFICERS OF THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REP-
BURG, AND THEIR POST OFFICE ADDRESS WHEN AT HOME.
PRINTED BY ORDER OF THE LEGISLATURE.
SINGERLY & MYERS, STATE PRINTERS.
We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more Constitution esperfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, pro- tablished by vide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and the people. secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. [See 1 Wheat., 324. 4 Wheat., 403.]
OF THE LEGISLATURE.
SECT. I. All legislative powers herein granted, shall be vested of the legislain a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a tive power. Senate and House of Representatives.
SECT. II. 1. The House of Representatives shall be composed of the Honge of of members chosen every second year by the people of the Representatives several States; and the electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State Legislature.
2. No person shall be a representative who shall not have Qualification of attained the age of twenty-five years, and have been seven members. years a citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an inhabitant of that State in which he shall have been elected
3. Representatives and direct taxes, shall be apportioned Apportionment among the several States which may be included within this of RepresentaUnion, according to the respective numbers, which shall be de- tives and direct termined by adding to the whole number of free persons, includ- taxes. ing those bound to service for a term of years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three-fifths of all other persons. The actual Census. enumeration shall be made within three years after the first meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent term of ten years, in such manner as they shall by law direct. The number of Representatives shall not exceed
* This Constitution went into operation on the first Wednesday in March, 1789. [5 Wheat., 420.]