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the colonies free and absolved from allegiance to the British crown, and the political connection between them and Great Britain was totally dissolved. The committee say the right of a State to govern itself, and the right of the people to abolish a government when it becomes destructive of the ends for which it was instituted, were expressed when the colonies separated from the Mother Country, and became free and independent States. The parties amending the Constitution on the 17th September 1787, were the several sovereign States. On May 23, 1788, South Carolina, by a Convention of her people, assented to the amended Constitution of the United States. The failure of one of the contracting parties to maintain the constitutional obligations releases the other Fifteen of the Northern States have deliberately refused for years to fulfill their constitutional obligations. He would refer to those States for a proof of this. When the fourth article of the Constitution was adopte