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Proceedings and Debates of the 1867 Constitutional Convention
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We, the people of the State of Maryland, grateful to Al-
mighty God for our civil and religious liberty, and taking
into our serious consideration, the best means of establish-
ing a good Constitution in this Stale for the sure founda-
tion 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 a'fc 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 con-
trary notwithstanding.
ART. 3. The powers not delegated to the United States by
the Constitution thereof, nor prohibited by it to the States,
are reserved to the States, respectively, or to the people
ART. 4. That the people of this State have the sole and ex-
clusive right of regulating the internal government and po-
lice thereof, as a free, sovereign and independent State.
ART. 5. That the Inhabitants of Maryland are entitled to
the Common Law of England, and the trial by jury, accord-
ing 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 ex-
perience, have been found applicable to their local and other
circumstances; and have been introduced, used and prac-
ticed by the Courts of Law or Equity; and also of all Acts

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