A DECLARATION OF RIGHTS made by the good people of Virginia in the exercise of their sovereign powers, which rights do pertain to them and their posterity, as the basis and foundation of government. The bill of rights was adopted by the Convention of 1776 and, much like other state bills of rights enacted in the Revolutionary era and subsequent years, was intended to serve a variety of purposes. As Edmund Randolph later explained, in his review of the work of the 1776 Convention: “In the formation of this bill of rights two objects were contemplated: one, that the...
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