Excerpt from The Writ of Habeas Corpus and Mr. Binney The clause, as it w stands, and as it was submitted to the States, is t obscure. The eighth section of the Constitution is that which is enabling to Congress. It begins, The Congress shall have power - then follow the various powers without the repetition of the word Congress, except in the seventeenth clause, and in it only for the sake of sense. Such a repetition would have been as unnecessary as to prefix the enacting clause to each section of a Legislative act. The ninth section is' disabling throughout. In its first sentence the branch of Government disabled is Congress, by name, and the word Congress occurs but once afterward, in the concluding para graph of that section. As the eighth section is enabling, while the ninth is in restraint of the powers of Congress, so the tenth section expressly restrains the powers of the States. The word Congress is t in the Habeas Corpus restriction, and certainly it was easy to put it there, but it is as certain that the repetition of the word was dispensed with as unnecessary. To the men of that day, and to the members of the Convention, it was as impossible for the Executive to suspend a law as it was for that Officer to make one. Mr. Binney says, Considering the facility with which it (the word Congress) might have been introduced or retained, we may say it was struck out. This conclusion is too violent. While the prohibition was in ather part of the instrument, the word Congress was necessary; but when it came to its final adjustment in that section which restricts the powers of Congress, the word was mere surplusage, and would naturally fall under the pruning knife of a committee on style and arrangement. The question, then, is said to recur to this: Whether it re quires an act of the Legislature to declare that rebellion or invasion exists in the country, and that public safety requires a suspension of the privilege. And this is the momentous question under consideration. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.