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Page 263 - We admit, as all must admit, that the powers of the government are limited, and that its limits are not to be transcended. But we think the sound construction of the constitution must allow to the national legislature that discretion, with respect to the means by which the powers it confers are to be carried into execution, which will enable that body to perform the high duties assigned to it, in the manner most beneficial to the people.
Page 276 - To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offences against the law of nations ; "11. To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water; " 12. To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years ; " 13. To provide and maintain a navy;
Page 276 - States; 3 To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian tribes; 4 To establish an uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States; 5 To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures...
Page 294 - It has been urged and echoed, that the power " to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises, to pay the debts, and provide for the common defence and general welfare of the United States...
Page 24 - Canace to wife, That owned the virtuous ring and glass, And of the wondrous horse of brass On which the Tartar king did ride; And if aught else great bards beside In sage and solemn tunes have sung, Of tourneys, and of trophies hung, Of forests, and enchantments drear, Where more is meant than meets the ear.
Page 276 - The Congress shall have Power 1 To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States...
Page 273 - The powers delegated by the proposed constitution to the federal government, are few and defined ; those which are to remain in the state governments, are numerous and indefinite ; the former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce, with which last the powers of taxation will, for the most part, be connected.
Page 276 - The congress shall have power — 1. To lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises; to pay the debts and provide for the common defence and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts, and excises, shall be uniform throughout the United States: 2.
Page 273 - In the first place it is to be remembered that the general government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws. Its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern all the members of the republic, but which are not to be attained by the separate provisions of any. The subordinate governments, which can extend their care to all those other objects which can be separately provided for, will retain their due authority and activity.