The making of a constitution paramount is no act of government; it always exists; it is the immediate work of God, and a part of nature itself.... Neither can the legislature create a constitution; since the legislature itself is the creature of the written constitution, is posterior and subordinate to it.... Neither can the legislature judge of the necessity of forming a constitution, or dictate when or how it shall be formed. To the court is referred to pronounce judgment; to the legislature, the enacting of laws; and to the people, the forming of a constitution.
Speech by George R. Burrill ( 1797)
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Publication information: Book title: The Dorr War:Republicanism on Trial, 1831-1861. Contributors: George M. Dennison - Author. Publisher: University of Kentucky Press. Place of publication: Lexington. Publication year: 1976. Page number: 9.
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