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The Annotated Code of the Public Civil Laws of Maryland, 1911
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CONSTITUTION OF MARYLAND.

ADOPTED BY THE CONVENTION

WHICH ASSEMBLED AT THE CITY OF ANNAPOLIS ON THE EIGHTH DAY OP
MAY, EIGHTEEN HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SEVEN, AND ADJOUENED ON
THE SEVENTEENTH DAY OF AUGUST, EIGHTEEN HUNDRED AND
SIXTY-SEVEN, AND RATIFIED BY THE PEOPLE ON THE
EIGHTEENTH DAY OF SEPTEMBER, EIGHTEEN
HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SEVEN, WITH AMEND-
MENTS.

DECLARATION OF RIGHTS.

We, the people of the State of Maryland, grateful to Almighty God for
' our civil and religious liberty, and taking into our serious considera-
tion the best means of establishing a good Constitution in this State
for the sure foundation and more permanent security thereof, declare:

Article 1. That all Government of right originates from the People,
is founded in compact only, and instituted solely for the good of the
whole; and they have, at all times, the inalienable right to alter, reform
or abolish their form of Government in such manner as they may deem
expedient.

Art. 2. The Constitution of the United States, and the Laws made
or which shall be made in pursuance thereof, and all Treaties made, or
which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, are and
shall be the Supreme Law of the State; and the Judges of this State,
and all the People of this State, are, and shall be bound thereby, any-
thing in the Constitution or Law of this State to the contrary notwith-
standing.

Art. 3. The powers not delegated to the United States by the Con-
stitution thereof, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the
States respectively, or to the People thereof.

Art. 4. That the people of this State have the sole and exclusive
right of regulating the internal government and police thereof, as a
free, sovereign and independent State.

Art. 5. That the inhabitants of Maryland are entitled to the Com-
mon Law of England, and the trial by Jury, according to the course of
that law, and to the benefit of such of the English statutes as existed
on the Fourth day of July, seventeen hundred and seventy-six; and
which, by experience, have been found applicable to their local and
other circumstances, and have been introduced, used and practiced by the
Courts of Law or Equity; and also of all Acts of Assembly in force on
the first day of June, eighteen hundred and sixty-seven; except such as

 

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