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Senate Journal 1820-21 (30-28907-P023A.pdf)

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The arms received by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from the United States, are to be divided between the two States, in proportion to the returns of the Militia according to which the arms were received. As an early application will be made for this States proportion, your attention to the subject as well as to the necessary provision for their deposit and security at some convenient place is rendered necessary.

According to the terms of the act relating to the separation, one third of all such sums as may be received from the United States on account of the claim of Massachusetts for expenses incurred for the defence of the State during the late war is when received to be paid over to the State of Maine. Whatever difference of opinion may hvae existed in relation to the mode, there could be none as to the necessity of the expenditure incurred within this portion of the Commonwealth; as the most valuable parts of this district was defended in consequence of it. My situation during the late war gave me an opportunity to be acquainted with the details of the service of most of the militia within this section of the Commonwealth. They were ordered out only on necessary and proper occasions; they were discharged immediately on the enemies retiring. To the allowance of this claim the United States have interposed certain objections; but although the subject has been repeatedly presented to the consideration of Congress, no definite decision has been passed upon its merits. It is believed to be interesting to the United States as well as to Massachusetts and Maine, that you should adopt such measures in relation to it, as are best calculated to bring this claim to a speedy and equitable decision.

Having [?] to the defence of this part of the country during the late war, it would be a neglect of duty on my part, not to remind you that as there is no State in the Union whose inland frontier is more explored, so there is none which has so extensive

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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