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RIGHTS X DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE;
CONSTITUTION OF THE
ACT OF CONGRESS ADMITTING CALIFORNIA INTO
Department of State,
The first edition of this publication, numbering 5,000, was issued in 1903, and has long since been exhausted, and owing to the constant and increased demand for the book, coming as it does from lawyers and laymen, and from teachers and pupils of our public schools, this, the second, edition has been published.
The edition of 1903 included the Declaration of Rights; the Declaration of Independence; the Articles of Confederation; the Act of Congress admitting California into the Union; the Constitution of the United States; the Constitution of the State of California, adopted in 1879, with citations from the California Reports following each section; and the Magna Charta (in Latin and English), the great charter of English liberty, which King John was forced by his barons to grant, at Runnymede, on June 15, A. D. 1215, from which the constitutional government of Great Britain has developed, and is therefore incidentally of interest to Americans, as the British Constitution was the source from which was drawn a number of the fundamental principles of government embodied in the Constitution of the United States.
The second edition, in addition to the above, includes the Constitution of 1849 (with citations from the California Reports); parallel sections in the Constitutions of 1849 and 1879; General Bennet Riley's Proclamations, 1849; the Treaty with Mexico, and the proposed amendments to the Constitution, to be voted upon at the general election to be held in November, 1908.