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taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an
officer of the United States, or as a member of any
State legislature or as an executive or judicial
Officier of any State, to support the Constitution
Of the United States, shall have engaged in insu-
rection or rebellion against the same, or given aid
or confert to the enemies thereof. But Congress may, by
a vote of two thirds of each house, remove such

Sec 4 The validity of the public debt of the
United States authorized by law, including debts
incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for
sevices in suppressing insurrection or rebellion against
the United States, or any claim for the loss or
emancipation of any slave; but all such debts,
obligations and claims shall be held illegal
and void.

Sec 5 The Congress shall have power to enforce
by appropriate legislation the provisions of
this article’
          Signed      Schayler Colfax
                                   Speaker of the House of Representatives
                           Lafayette S. Foster
                           President of the Senate Pos tempro

Edward McPherson
Clerk of the House of Representatives
Gov Forney(sp)
       Secretary of the Senate

      The third section of Article One of the Constitution
declares that the Senate of the United States shall be
composed of the Senators from each State chosen by the
Legislatures thereof for Six years and each Senator shall
have one vote and Article five provides that no state without
its consent shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the
Section two of article one declares that the House of Represen-
tatives shall be composed of members chosen every second
year by the people of the several states “
      The Constitution authorized two thirds of each (???)
of Congress to propose amendments and as eleven (???)
were excluded from deliberations and decision upon (???)
one now submitted the conclusion is inevitable that it