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[155] Constitution of civil government for the State, the record says:--
July 29, 1779: The whole of the proceedings of the convention at Concord was read, paragraph by paragraph, and then voted upon separately; and it was unanimously voted that we comply with the same.

The draft of the new Constitution for Massachusetts was at last prepared; and, May 28, 1780, Medford accepted it, with a few exceptions. The record is as follows. The Committee report:--

We apprehend that the Governor, with the advice of the Council, should, in the recess of the General Court, be vested with the power, on special occasions, in time of war and rebellion, to order the militia out of this State to the assistance of a neighboring State; and that the said Governor, with the advice of Council, shall not be empowered to continue the militia out of this State, on the aforesaid emergencies, for a longer space than thirty days at one time, without the consent of the General Court. Yeas, 49; nays, 5.

Concerning the writ of habeas corpus, we are of opinion that it should not be suspended by the Legislature, on any account, for a longer space of time than six months. Unanimously, 39.

We are of opinion that no person ought to be elected a Delegate to the Congress of the United States, who is not possessed of property, in the State of Massachusetts, to the value of £ 600, currency, according to the Convention. Unanimously, 39 votes.

We should be pleased if the above alterations might be made in the said Constitution, but mean not that said alterations should prevent the establishment of said Constitution at the next session of said Convention.

Edward Brooks, Committee. Simon Tufts, Committee. Aaron Hall, Committee.
Voted unanimously to accept, by 39 votes.

Voted to accept of the first Section of the second Chapter of said Constitution, styled Governor, with the foregoing amendment. Yeas, 49; nays, 5.

Concerning the writ of habeas corpus (Chap. VI. Art. 7), voted unanimously to accept it, with the foregoing amendment. 39 votes.

The declaration of rights was unanimously accepted (except the third article), by 44 votes. The third article being particularly discussed, a vote was called for; 28 for and 6 against it.

The constitution of government (Chap. i. Sect. 1), styled General Court, was unanimously accepted. 33 votes.

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