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Hanson's Laws of Maryland 1763-1784
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1780.                                      LAWS of MARYLAND.

                                            CHAP. XXXIX.
        A Supplement to the act for the regulation of the staple of tobacco.

    Expired with its principal.

                                            CHAP. XL.
An ACT to empower the delegates of this state in congress to subscribe
                        and ratify the articles of confederation.
Preamble.     WHEREAS it hath been said, that the common enemy is encouraged,
by this state not acceding to the confederation, to hope that the union
of the sister states may be dissolved, and therefore prosecutes the war
in expectation of an event so disgraceful to America, and our friends and illustrious
ally are impressed with an idea, that the common cause would be promoted
by our formally acceding to the confederation:  This general assembly, conscious
that this state hath from the commencement of the war strenuously exerted herself
in the common cause, and fully satisfied, that if no formal confederation was
to take place, it is the fixed determination of this state to continue her exertions
to the utmost, agreeable to the faith pledged in the union, from an earnest desire
to conciliate the affection of the sister states, to convince all the world of our unalterable
resolution to support the independence of the United States, and the alliance
with his Most Christian Majesty, and to destroy for every any apprehension
of our friends or hope in our enemies of this state being again united to Great-Britain:
Delegates to
subscribe the
    II.  Be it enacted, by the general assembly of Maryland, That the delegates of
this state in congress, or any two or three of them, shall be and are hereby empowered
and required, on behalf of this state, to subscribe the articles of confederation
and perpetual union between the states of New-Hampshire, Massachusetts-bay,
Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut, New-York,
New-Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North-Carolina,
South-Carolina and Georgia, signed in the general congress of the said
states by the honourable Henry Laurens Esquire, their then president, and laid
before the legislature of this state to be ratified, if approved; and that the said
articles of confederation and perpetual union, so as aforesaid subscribed, shall
thenceforth be ratified and become conclusive as to this state, and obligatory
thereon:  And it is hereby declared, That by according to the said confederation,
this state doth not relinquish, or intend to relinquish, any right or interest she
hath with the other United or Confederated States to the back country, but claims
the same as fully as was done by the legislature of this state in their declaration
which stands entered on the journals of congress, this state relying on the justice
of the several states hereafter, as to the said claim made by this state: 
And it is
further declared
, That no article in the said confederation can or ought to bind
this or any other state to guarantee any exclusive claim of any particular state to
the soil of the said back lands, or any such claim of jurisdiction over the said
lands, or the inhabitants thereof.

    The articles of confederation are as follow:

    ART. 1.  THE style of this Confederacy shall be " The United States of America."
    ART. 2.  Each state retains its sovereignty, freedom and independence, and every power, jurisdiction
and right, which is not by this confederation expressly delegated to the United States in congress assembled.
    ART. 3.  The said states hereby severally enter into a firm league of friendship with each other, for
their common defence, the security of their liberties, and their mutual and general welfare, binding
themselves to assist each other, against all force offered to, or attacks made upon them, or any of them,
on account of religion, sovereignty, trade, or any other pretence whatever.
    ART. 4.  The better to secure and perpetuate mutual friendship and intercourse among the people of
the different states, in this union, the free inhabitants of each of these states, paupers, vagabonds, and fugitives
from justice excepted, shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of free citizens in the several
states; and the people of each state shall have free ingress and regress to and from any other state, and
shall enjoy therein all the privileges of trade and commerce, subject to the same duties, impositions and
restrictions, as the inhabitants thereof respectively, provided that such restrictions shall not extend so far as
to prevent the removal of property imported into any state, to any other state of which the owner is an
inhabitant; provided also, that no imposition, duties or restriction, shall be laid by any state, on the property
of the United States, or either of them.

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