The Constitution for the United States of America
Bill of Rights
No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
One of the major complaints against the British Army was their practice of just moving into someone's
home and setting up their headquarters. The poor Colonialist who was unlucky enough to be selected was not paid for the imposition, and wound up losing the free use of his own property. This was the solution to their problem to the best of their ability to perceive future activities of the American Army.
Since all of the provisions in our Bill of Rights pertain to Common Law issues, and the property of an individual is a part of their Liberty, the statement that the quartering of troops in the time of war would be as prescribed by law, applies to Common Law so that it would be the private Citizens who determined the manner.
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