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8810. VICE-PRESIDENCY, Duties of.

—As to duty, the Constitution will know me
only as the member of the Legislative body;
and its principle is, that of a separation of
Legislative, Executive and Judiciary functions,
except in cases specified. If this principle
be not expressed in direct terms, it is
clearly the spirit of the Constitution and it


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ought to be so commented and acted on by
every friend of free government.—
To James Madison. Washington ed. iv, 161. Ford ed., vii, 108.
(M. Jan. 1797)