This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text.
Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original
book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ... CONSTITUTION OF THE
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, 1873. Preamble. We, the people of the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the
blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His
guidance, do ordain and establish this Constitution. ARTICLE I.
DECLARATION OF RIGHTS. Liberty and Free Government. That the
general, great and essential principles of liberty and free
government may be recognized and unalterably established, we
declare that-- Sec. 1. Natural Rights of Mankind. All men are born
equally free and independent, and have certain inherent and
indefeasible rights, among which are those of enjoying and
defending life and liberty, of acquiring, possessing and protecting
property and reputation, and of pursuing their own happiness.
Corresponding provisions of prior Constitutions: Constitution of
1776, Dec. of Rights, CI. I. Constitution of 1790, Art. IX, Sec. 1,
(Verbatim). Constitution of 1838, Art. IX, Sec. 1, (Verbatim). Sec.
2. Power of People. All power is inherent in the people, and all
free governments are founded on their authority and instituted for
their peace, safety and happiness. For the advancement of these
ends they have at all times an inalienable and indefeasible right
to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they
may think proper. Corresponding provisions of prior Constitutions:
Constitution of 1776, Dec. of Rights, CI. V. Constitution of 1790,
Art. IX, Sec. 2 Constitution of 1838, Art. IX, Sec. 2. Sec. 3.
Rights of Conscience. Freedom of Religious Worship. All men have a
natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to
the dictates of their own consciences; no man can of right be
compelled to iitiend, erect or support any place of worship, or..
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