Constitution-Making in Rhode Island

Constitution-Making in Rhode Island

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...and so many of them as are not annexed already unto the colonye courte of triads, so to place and displace officers of justice, as they or the greater part of them shall, by one consent, agree unto. Provided, nevertheless, that the said lawes, constitutions and punishments, for the civil government of the said plantation, be conformable to the lawes of England, so far as the nature ami constitution of the place will admit. Yet always reserving to the aforesaid Geuerall Assemblic power and authoritie so to dispose the genenill governmente of that plantation as it stands in reference to the rest of the plantations as they shall conceive, from time to time, most conducing to the general good of the said plantations." Staples, in his Annals of Providence, p. 74, says: "This charter was intended to strengthen the municipal government of Providence. To have been more useful, it should have prescribed a form of government to be adopted. There is no reference to this charter in the records of the town, neither a petition for it nor acceptance of it. There is a copy of it in the City Clerk's office, engrossed on parchment, which is now almost illegible. A similar charter, bearing date the same day, was granted to Warwick: and, it is presumed, Portsmouth and Newport had like charters." In 1813, the general assembly passed an act, the title of which was significant: "An act to enlarge and explain the powers of the Town meetings and TownCouncil of the Town of Providence." This title shows clearly that the general assembly did not attempt to confer powers upon the town, but simply to enlarge and explain those it already possessed. In 1832, upon the request of the citizens and representatives of Providence, a charter, drafted by a...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236518209
  • 9781236518200