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Joint Resolutions, Memorials and Private Acts,
PASSED AT THE
Territory of Colorado.
BEGUN AND HELD AT GOLDEN CITY, JAN, 20, 1865.
TOGETHER WITH THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE THE
CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES
URGANIC ACT OF THE TERRITORY.
PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY.
FEDERAL OFFICERS OF THE TERRITORY.
SAMUEL H. ELBERT.
JUDGES OF THE SUPREME COURT:
STEPHEN S. HARDING, CHIEF JUSTICE.
SAMUEL E. BROWNE.
A. CAMERON HUNT.
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776. THB UNANIMOUS DECLARATION OF THE THIRTEEN UNITED STATES
OF AMERICA, When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires, that they should declare the causes which inipel them to the separation,
We' hold these truths to he self-evident:--that all men are created equal'; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of bappiness, "" That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the goverred; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness." Prudence, indeed, will dictate, that governments long established should not be changed 'for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are snffurable, than to right themselves, by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies, and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their for mer systems of government. The history of the present king of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations,