Senate Journal 1820-21 (30-28907-P020B.pdf)
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gentlemen of the Senate & of the House of Representatives came in & laid upon the table the following message from the Governor.
The political connection [?], which had so long subsisted [?] between Massachusetts and Maine being dissolved, it is a source of much satisfaction to reflect that the measures, adopted for its accomplishment, have effected the object in the most friendly manner. A great and powerful commonwealth voluntarily yielding up her jurisdiction over a large portion of her citizens and territory over whom she held an undisputed and rightful sovereignty : these citizens peaceably and quietly forming themselves into a new and independent state, framing and adapting with an unexampled harmony and unanimity. A constitution embracing all the essential principles of liberty and good government; these are events which constitute a memorable era in the History of our State - wants [?], for which you no doubt, as well as our fellow citizens in general will acknowledge with gratitude that divine goodness which directs and controls the concerns of men. The act of Massachusetts assenting to the formation of the District of Maine into a separate and independent State, also provides for the division of the public property. Although a large majority of the Legislative body which passed that act, was constituted of members from Massachusetts proper, who thus had it in their power to dictate the terms ; the principles of division as settled by them are so equitable and just that they have received the general approbation [?]. By this connect [?] and wise course of policy, the executive and legislative departments of that government have laid the foundation of a lasting harmony between the two States. Assembled for the purpose of performing the first acts of legislation, on you is devolved the arduous and important duty of devising and maturing, and perfecting a system of wise, equal and wholesome laws. nor is the responsibility and difficulty of your sit
Description: The Journal of the Senate documents the proceedings in the chamber, including actions taken on bills, petitions and reports from committees read, and votes taken. The journals are not transcripts and therefore do not include floor speeches that are found in the modern Legislative Records.
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