The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 466
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striking resemblance to that attached to any American constitu-
tion written in the nineteenth century. In itself this would mean
that the Bill had been based on a myriad of sources drawn from
the laws and customs of both common-law Britain and civil-law
Spain. Specific instruments that exerted the greatest direct influ-
ence were principally Anglo-American, beginning with Magna
Charta and the English Bill of Rights and ending with the exist-
ing state constitutions of the period of the 187o's. William Penn's
Frame of Government (1696) and Charter of Privileges (i701)
for Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independ-
ence (1776), and George Mason's Virginia Bill of Rights (1776)
contributed many eighteenth century liberal ideas.
The Constitution of the United States and some early state
constitutions48 contributed the basic framework of guarantees and
rights which were later incorporated into the Texas Declaration
of Rights of 1836. To these fundamental sections were added
expressions of Jacksonian liberal democracy, drawn chiefly from
the state constitutions of southwestern America." For the new
sections added by the Convention of 1845, delegates drew upon
the provisions of earlier Texas constitutions and the contemporary
organic laws of Arkansas (1836) and Pennsylvania (1838). No
new guarantees were included in the Civil War and Reconstruc-
tion constitutions of i861, 1866, and 1869. The Convention of
1875, however, drew upon current state constitutions of Tennessee
(1870), West Virginia (1872), Arkansas (1874), Alabama (1875),
and Missouri (1875), to augment the Texas Bill of Rights to its
46Notably those of Virginia (1776), North Carolina (1776), Pennsylvania (1776
and 1790), Massachusetts (1780), Kentucky (1792), and Tennessee (1796).
47Especially those of Kentucky (1799), Louisiana (1812), Mississippi (1817),
Alabama (1819), Missouri (182o), Mississippi (1832), and Tennessee (1834).
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