Laws of the State of New York

New-York: Printed by Samuel and John Loudon, [1787]
New-York Historical Society Library

Anticipating the adoption of an amendment to the Articles giving the federal government a power to tax imports (the Impost of 1783), the New York legislature adopted a formal bill of rights on January 26, 1787, mainly concerned with judicial rights. Notice Articles II, III and IV which provide for the "due process of law," which is also used in the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution. In the end, the Impost of 1783 failed, in part because New York did not ratify it in a form acceptable to Congress.