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Proceedings and Debates of the 1864 Constitutional Convention
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Art. 35. That no person ought to hold, at the same time,
more than one office of profit, created by the Constitution or
Laws of this State, nor ought any person in public trust to
receive any present from any Foreign Prince or State, or from
the United States, or any of them, without the approbation
of this State.

Art. 36. That as it is the duty of every man to worship
God in such manner as he thinks most acceptable to Him, all
persons are equally entitled to protection in their religious
liberty; wherefore no person ought, by any law, to be mo-
lested in his person or estate on account of his religious per-
suasion or profession, or for his religious practice, unless un-
der the color of religion any man shall disturb the good
order, peace or safety of the State, or shall infringe the laws
of morality, or injure others in their natural, civil or religious
rights, nor ought any person to be compelled to frequent or
maintain, or contribute, unless on contract, to maintain any
place of worship or any ministry; nor shall any person be
deemed incompetent as a witness or juror, who believes in the
existence of God, and that under his dispensation such per-
son will be held morally accountable for his acts, and be re-
warded or punished therefor, either in this world or the world
to come.

Art. 37. That no other test or qualification ought to be re-
quired, on admission to any office of trust or profit, than such
oath of allegiance and fidelity to this State, and the United
States, as may be prescribed by this Constitution; and such
oath of office and qualification as may be prescribed by this
Constitution, or by the laws of the State, and a declaration of
belief in the Christian religion, or in the existence of God,
and in a future state of rewards and punishments.

Art. 38. That every gift, sale or devise of land to any
minister, public teacher or preacher of the Gospel, as such, or
to any religious sect, order or denomination, or for the sup-
port, use or benefit of, or in trust. for any minister, public
teacher or preacher of the Gospel, as such, or any religious
sect, order or denomination, and every gift or sale of goods or
chattels, to go in succession or to take place after the death of
the seller or donor, to or for such support, use or benefit, and
also every devise of goods or chattels to or for the support,
use or benefit of any minister, public teacher or preacher of
the Gospel, as such, or any religious sect, order or denomi-
nation, without the prior or subsequent sanction of the Legis-
lature, shall be void; except, always, any sale, gift, lease or
devise of any quantity of land not exceeding five acres, for a
church, meeting house, or other house of worship, or parson-

 

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