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CONSTITUTION AND LAWS OF HIS MAJESTY KAMEHAMEHA III., KING OF THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS, PASSED BY THE NOBLES AND REPRESENTATIVES AT THEIR SESSION, 1852
Honolulu. 1852.. 88pp. Dbd. A few leaves at rear lightly tanned. A very good copy. In a half morocco box. This rare volume prints the full text of the newly- created Constitution and the laws passed in 1852 for the kingdom of Hawaii. The constitution, which was written by a three-man committee in 1851, revises the 1840 constitution and includes 105 articles, the first of which echoes the language of the American Declaration of Independence regarding human liberty. The 1852 Constitution heavily liberalized the structure of the Hawaiian government compared to the 1840 constitution, introducing new elements of democracy into the government and reducing the influence of the monarch in kingdom affairs. The text spells out the frame of government of the islands, including the powers of the King and his ministers, the legislature, governors, and the courts. Also included here are the session laws passed by the legislature in 1852, including a law removing the poll tax for women, the establishment of a fire department, several harbor and shipping regulations, a law relating to stallions, a prohibition from selling liquor on Sundays, and a law prohibiting the carrying of deadly weapons. Uncommon and quite interesting. FORBES 1868. JUDD, LAWS OF HAWAII, p.3. CARTER, p.108.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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