An Exposition of the Constitution of the United States
Flanders, Henry. An Exposition of the Constitution of the United States. Designed as a Manual of Instruction. Philadelphia: E.H. Butler & Co., 1860. xii, 311 pp. Reprinted 1999 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. LCCN 99-31594. ISBN 1-58477-014-7. Cloth. $60. * Flanders [1824-1911], a well-known and highly regarded Philadelphia lawyer of his time, clearly describes the origin and organization of the Constitution and the legislature and its branches, the power of Congress and the power denied to Congress and the states under the Constitution. Written for students, and thus written in a lucid and organized manner, with questions for the reader in the notes on each page. The work went through several editions, this being a reprint of the first edition. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 2821. Bauer, Commentaries on the Constitution 362. Flanders is also the author of A Treatise on Maritime Law which is also available in reprint from The Lawbook Exchange.
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Page 268 - He has constrained our fellow-citizens, taken captive on the high seas, to bear arms against their country ; to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.
Page 28 - States. 2 A person charged in any State with treason, felony, or other crime, who shall flee from justice, and be found in another State, shall on demand of the executive authority of the State from which he fled, be delivered up to be removed to the State having jurisdiction of the crime.
Page 274 - United States in Congress assembled can be consulted ; nor shall any state grant commissions to any ship or vessels of war, nor letters of marque or reprisal, except it be after a declaration of war by the United States in Congress assembled; and then only against the kingdom or state, and the subjects thereof, against which war has been so declared, and under such regulations as shall be established by the United States...
Page 300 - Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, (I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens,) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government.
Page 288 - The unity of government which constitutes you one people, is also now dear to you. It is justly so, for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquillity at home, your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very liberty which you so highly prize.
Page 282 - States in congress assembled ; and that it is the opinion of this convention, that it should afterwards be submitted to a convention of delegates, chosen in each state by the people thereof, under the recommendation of its legislature, for their assent and ratification...
Page 299 - ... the latter without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others, which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained and by exciting jealousy, illwill, and a disposition to retaliate in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld...