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BEGUN AND HELD THE EIGHTH DAY OF SEPTEMBER,

1847, AT THE CITY OF ALBANY.

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PRINTED BY CHARLES VAN BENTHUYSEN,

FOR

GOULD, BANKS AND GOULD, 104 STATE-STREET, ALBANY,
BANKS, GOULD AND CO., 144 NASSAU-STREET, NEW-YORK.

AND

1847.

STATE OF NEW.YORK, )
SECRETARY'S OFFICE. S

Albany, September 8, 1847. Pursuant to the directions of the act entitled " An act relative to the publication of the Laws,” passed April 12, 1843, I hereby certify that the following volume of the Laws of this state, was printed under my direction.

N. S. BENTON,

Secretary of State.

In this volume, “every act which received the assent of three-fifths of all the Members elected to either House" of the Legislature, pursuant to Section 14, of Article 7, of the Constitution of this State, is designated under its title, by the words " Three-fifths being present." [See Laws of 1847, Vol. 1, Chap. 253.]

And every "act which received the assent of two-thirds of all the Members elected to each branch of the Legislature,” pursuant to Section 9, of Article 1, of the Constitution, is designated under its title by the words “By a two-third vote." [See Laws of 1842, Chap. 306.]

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THE

CONSTITUTION

OF THE

STATE OF NEW-YORK.

(ADOPTED NOVEMBER 3, 1846.]

WE THE PEOPLE of the State of New-York grate

ful to Almighty God for our Freedom, in order to secure its blessings, DO ESTABLISH this Constitution,

ARTICLE I. Section 1. No member of this State shall be disfranchised, or deprived of any of the rights or privileges, secured to any citizen thereof, unless by the law of the land, or the judgment of his peers.

Section 2. The trial by jury, in all cases in which it has Trial by been heretofore used, shall remain in violate forever. But a jury. jury trial inay be waived by the parties in all civil cases, in the manner to be prescribed by law.

Section 3. The free exercise and enjoyment of religious Religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference, libert shall forever be allowed in this State to all mankind; and no person sball be rendered incompetent to be a witness on account of his opinions on matters of religious belief ; but the liberty of conscience hereby secured shall not be so construed as to excuse acts of licentiouness, or justify practices inconsistent with the peace or safety of this State.

Section 4. The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus Writ of shall not be suspended, unless when, in cases of rebellion or ba

Os pus. invasion, the public safety may require its supension.

Section 5. Excessive bail shall not be required, nor exces- Bail, fines. sive fines imposed, nor shall cruel and unusual punishments be inflicted, nor shall witnesses be unreasonably detained.

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