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CONSTITUTION

OF THE

AMERICAN AND FOREIGN SABBATH UNION.

ARTICLE 1.-This Association shall be called, THE AMERICAN AND FOREIGN SABBATH UNION.

ART. II.-The object of this Union shall be, by the universal diffusion of information, by united example and kind moral influence, to endeavor to persuade all persons to abstain from worldly business, traveling and amusement, and attend the public worship of God on the Lord's day.

Art. III.-All persons who sign this Constitution shall be members of this Union.

ART. IV.--Distinguished friends of the Sabbath, on recommendation of the Executive Committeo, may be elected as members of this Union.

ART. V.-Clergymen who pay thirty dollars, and laymen who pay fifty dollars, shall be honorary members of this Union.

ART. VI.-The officers of all local Sabbath Unions formed on the basis of this, shall be members of this Union.

ART. VII.-The officers of this Union shall be a President, Vice Presidents, Secretary, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, and Auditor, who shall perform the duties customarily assigned to such officers, and shall hold their offices till others are appointed.

Ant. VIII.-There shall be an Executive Committee of five members, who with the Secretaries, who shall be members, ex officio, shall direct and superintend the concerns of this Union ; fill such vacancies as may occur in their body between the meetings of the Union, and take such measures as may, in their judgment, be best adapted most extensively to accomplish its benevolent object.

Art. IX.-The Secretary, under the direction of the Executive Committee, shall devote his time and attention to the object of this Union, And in the execution of the duties of his office, he shall make appropriate communications to professors of religion of every name; to professional men, and men in public life; to parents teachers, and guardians; to youth of all descriptions, and especially such as from their situation are peculiarly exposed to violations of the Sabbath ; 'nnd set before them the pernicious tendency and ruinous consequences of this degrading and destructive vice; and the greai and numerous blessings which are connected with the due observance of that day; and he shall labor in all suitable ways, in connection with the friends of this cause, and in reliance on the Divine blessing, to induce all persons to abstain from worldly business, traveling and aniusement, and to attend the public worship of God, on the Lord's day.

And the members of this Union, would ever be deeply impressed with the truth, that while all appropriate means should be diligently and perseveringly employed for the accomplishment of this great and good object, their dependence for success must be placed on Him who is " LORD OF THE SABBATH;" and who can, through human instrumentality, cause it to be remembered and kept, according to his will, throughout the earth.

Art. X.-There shall be an Annual Meeting of this Union to hear the Report of the Executive Committee; appoint officers ; and transact such business as may regularly come before it.

ART. XI.—This Constitution may be altered, on rocommendation of the Executive Committee, by a vote of two thirds of the members present, at any regular meeting.

FIRST

PERMANENT DOCUMENT

OP THE

American and foreign Sabbath Union.

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