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recurrence of such predatory incursions in future. But the extensive depredations which have been and still are committed on the disputed territory by lawless trespassers encouraged and emboldened, as they are, by the protracted delay in the settlement of the boundary lines by the Commissioners under the fifth article of Treaty of Ghent, will deserve the consideration of the Legislature; for which purpose the necessary documents will be laid before you.

Considering the State as deeply interested in the settlement, as speedily as possible, of those boundaries, I immediately forwarded a copy of the resolve, passed at the last session of the Legislature, on that subject to the President of the United States. The Secretary of State of the United States transmitted a copy of the same to the American commissioner, who in reply, gave reasonable ground of expectation in the opinion of that officer, that a final decision of all points in controversy respecting those lines would be made in October last. As the Commissioners were to have met at that time in New York, and our Senators in Congress would pass through that place, they were requested to make such inquiries as the interests of this State seemed to require. Not finding the commissioners in session, but accidentally meeting the American Agent, they were informed by him, that he was ready to bring the discussions to a close, but the British agent would not attend. All reasonable hope of a speedy adjustment seems, therefore to have vanished, I exceedingly regret that it is not in my power to give you a more satisfactory

Description: The journal of the House of Representatives 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: 1821

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