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The Constitution of the State of Maryland, 1864
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Constitution of Maryland,


Which Assembled at the City of Annapolis, on the Twenty-seventh Day of

April, Eighteen Hundred and Sixty-four, and Adjourned on the

Sixth Day of September, Eighteen Hundred and Sixty-four.

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 con-
sideration the best means of establishing a good Constitution in
this State, for the sure foundation and more permanent security
thereof, declare:

Article 1. That we hold it to be self-evident that all
men are created equally free; that they are endowed by


their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among which
are life, liberty, the enjoyment of the proceeds of their
own labor and the pursuit of happiness.

Inalienable rights.

Art. 2. That all government of right originates from
the people, is founded in compact only, and instituted solely

Origin and Foun-
dation of Govern-

for the good of the whole; and they have at all times, the
unalienable right to alter, reform, or abolish their form of
government, in such manner as they may deem expedient.

7 Md. 147.
1861, Res. 14.
Right of Reform

Art. 3. That the people of this State ought to have the
sole and exclusive right of regulating the internal govern-
ment and police thereof.

State's Rights.

Art. 4. That the inhabitants of Maryland are entitled
to the common law of England, and the trial by jury ac-
cording to the course of that law, and to the benefit of such

Common Law.
2 Md. 429.
Trial by Jury.

of the English statutes as existed on the fourth day of July,

English Statutes.


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