THE PREAMBLE TO THE BILL OF RIGHTS

Congress of the United States begun and held at the City of New-York,
on Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.
THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting
the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse
of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added:
And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government,
will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution. RESOLVED by the
Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America,
in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following
Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the
Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by
three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes,
as part of the said Constitution; viz. ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment
of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress,
and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the
fifth Article of the original Constitution.
The U.S Constitution Bill of Rights