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Senate Journal 1820-21 (30-28907-P022B.pdf)

sections of country have not been too much consulted. The lands belonging to the State will also desire your attention. Should a system be adopted for their management, calculated to prevent speculation, at the same time giving every encouragement to the settlers, the expectations of the best friends [?] of Maine will ne fully realized in an extended cultivation and in an increased number of inhabitants. The system which has hitherto been pursued, you will probably think has little to recommend it for further experiment. The inconveniencies and embarrassments, which the settlement, as well as the settler themselves, have in many instances experienced from the large proprietors, will it is presumed long be remembered in order to be guarded against by future Legislators. A part of the public lands is covered with timber, which hereafter will be valuable ; at the same time the land elsely [?] is not generally well calculated for settlement. The preservation of the timber, therefore will be highly interesting to the State. What progress has been made under the fifth article of the British treaty in settling the eastern boundary of the State against the Province of New Brunswick and the northern boundary against that of lower Canada, I am not able to inform you as this State and Massachusetts have so deep an interest in the settlement of these boundaries, these would seem to have been a propriety in the agent appointed on the part of the United States being taken from one of these two States. But under existing circumstances, you will consider whether the interest of the State does not require from you the adoption of such arrangements, as are best calculated to afford the present agent such information in relation to this important subject, as the people in this State have it in their power to give. A revisal of the Militia Law is rendered necessary with a new [?] of conforming to the equitable provisions of the Constitution. Other improvements also, will no doubt suggest thenes [?] does [?]. The peculiar situation of this State renders the most particular attention to the Militia necessary. Our future safety as well as the honor of the country requires it. And now that the service is to be performed equally by all, all will no doubt write in undering it highly honorable. The

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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Language: English

Date: 1820-1821

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