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UNDER THE HEAD BILL OF RIGHTS:
That the following be added to the 6th article.
But this shall not be construed to free a person from the obligation of his own contract, on his pretence of changing his religious persuasion after making the contract.
And whenever a minister is settled by any incorporated town or parish, any person dissenting shall have liberty, either at the meeting or previous to the ordination of the minister, or within one month after the vote obtained for his settlement, to enter his dissent with the town or parish clerk against paying or contributing toward the support of such minister; and all minors, who after such settlement shall come of age, and all inhabitants of such town or parish who are absent from the same at the time of such meeting or settlement, and all persons who after such settlement move into such town or parish to reside, shall have three months from the time of their coming of full age, returning into town or moving in to reside, as aforesaid, respectively, to enter their dissent with the town or parish clerk as aforesaid.
And all persons who do not enter their dissent as aforesaid, shall be bound by the major vote of such town or parish, and it shall be considered as their voluntary contract :
But all persons who enter their dissent as aforesaid shall not be bound by the vote of such town or parish, or considered as party to such contract, or in any way be compelled to contribute towards the support of the minister, nor shall any person be compelled to contribute towards the support of a minister who shall change from the sect or denomination of which he professed to be when he settled, to any other persuasion, sect or denomination.
ARTICLE 17. - That the word “ Assembly" be expunged, and the word “ Legislature" inserted.
ARTICLE 18. – That the words “ those of," "dye,” be expunged. and the word “. offences" inserted.
Article 19, to be expunged and the following substituted in lieu thereof: viz.
Every subject hath a right to be secure from all unreasonable searches and seizures of his person, his houses, his papers, and all his possessions; Therefore all warrants to search suspected places, or arrest a person for examination, or trial in prosecutions for criminal matters, are contrary to this right, if the cause or foundation of them be not previously supported by oath or affirmation; and if the order in the warrant to a civil officer, to make search in suspected places, or to arrest one or more suspected persons, or to seize their property, be not accompanied with a special designation of the persons or objects of search, arrest, or seizure; and no warrants ought to be issued but in cases, and with the formalities, prescribed by law.
Article 20, to be expunged and the following substituted in lieu thereof: viz.
In all controversies concerning property, and in all suits between two or more persons, excepting in cases wherein it hath been heretofore otherwise used and practiced, the parties have a right to a trial by jury, and this right shall be deemed sacred and inviolable; but the Legislature may, by the constitution, be empowered to make such regulations as will prevent parties from having as many trials by jury in the same suit or action as hath been heretofore allowed and practiced; and to extend the civil jurisdiction of Justices of the Peace to the trial of suits where the sum demanded in damages doth not exceed four pounds, saving the right of appeal to either party; - But no such regulations
· shall take away the right of a trial by Jury in any case, not in this article before excepted, unless in cases respecting mariners' wages.
Article 31, to be expunged and the following substituted in lieu thereof: viz.
The Legislature shall assemble for the redress of public grievances, and for making such laws as the public good may require.
Article 35, to be expunged and the following substituted in lieu thereof: viz.
It is essential to the preservation of the rights of every individual, his life, liberty, property & character, that there be an impartial interpretation of the Laws, and administration of Justice: It is the right of every citizen to be tried by judges as impartial as the lot of humanity will admit. It is therefore not only the best policy, but for the security of the rights of the people, that the Judges of the Supreme Judicial Court should hold their offices so long as they behave well, subject however to such limitations on account of age as may be provided by the Constitution of the State; and that they should have honorable salaries ascertained and established by standing laws.
UNDER THE HEAD GENERAL COURT.
The Senate and House shall assemble every year, on the last Wednesday of Octor, and at such other times as they may Judge necessary and shall dissolve and be dissolved seven days next preceeding the last Wednesday of October, and shall be stiled the GENERAL COURT OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE.
No member of the Genl Court shall take fees, be of Council, or act as Advocate, in any cause before either branch of the Legislature; and upon due proof thereof such member shall forfeit his seat in the Legislature.
The doors of the galleries of each House of the Legislature shall be kept open to all persons who behave decently, except when the welfare of the State in the opinion of either branch shall require secrecy.
That the several paragraphs under the head of Senate be expunged, and the following be substituted in lieu thereof: viz.
The Senate shall consist of thirteen members who shall hold their office for one year from the last Wednesday of October next ensuing their election.
And, that the State may be equally represented in the Senate, the Legislature shall from time to time divide the State into thirteen districts as nearly equal as may be, without dividing towns and unincorporated places; and in making this division they shall govern themselves by the proportion of public taxes paid by the said districts, and timely make known to the inhabitants of the State the limits of each district.
The freeholders and other inhabitants of each district qualified as in this Constitution is provided, shall annually give in their votes for a Senator at some meeting holden in the month of March.
The Senate shall be the first branch of the Legislature; and the Senators shall be chosen in the following manner, viz. Every male inhabitant of each town and parish with town priviledges, and places unincorporated in this State, of twenty-one years of age and upwards, excepting paupers, and persons excused from paying taxes at their own request, shall have a right at the annual or other meetings of the inhabitants of said towns and parishes, to be duely warned and holden annually forever in the month of March, to vote in the town or parish wherein he dwells, for the Senator in the district whereof he is a member.
Provided, nevertheless, That no person shall be capable of being elected a Senator who is not seized of a free-hold estate in his own right, of the value of two hundred pounds, lying within this State, who is not of the age of thirty years, and who shall not have been an Inhabitant of this State for seven years immediately preceeding his election; and at the time thereof he shall be an inhabitant of the district for which he shall be chosen.
And every person, qualified as the Constitution provides, shall be considered an inhabitant for the purpose of electing and being elected into any office or place within this State, in the town, parish and plantation where he dwelleth and hath his home.
And the inhabitants of plantations and places unincorporated, qualified as this Constitution provides, who are or shall be required to assess taxes upon themselves towards the support of government, or shall be taxed therefor, shall have the same priviledge of voting for Senators in the plantations and places wherein they reside, as the inhabitants of the respective towns and parishes aforesaid have. And the meetings of such plantations and places for that purpose, shall be holden annually in the month of March, at such places respectively therein, as the assessors thereof shall direct; which assessors shall have like authority for notifying the electors, collecting and returning the votes, as the Selectmen and Town Clerks have in their several towns by this Constitution.
The meetings for the choice of Governor, Counsellors and Senators shall be warned by warrant from the Selectmen, and governed by a moderator, who shall in the presence of the Selectmen (whose duty it shall