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Senate Journal 1828 (30-318507-P122A.pdf)

just and patriotic inelinations. Yet if it true that the fifth article of the treaty of Ghent has involved much of authority beyond the limits which many eminent statesmen have continued to be the true ones as the treaty exists, the delicacy of the case in relation to public faith ought to have some influence upon our assertion of our claim, although an entire concession can not be expected. It ought to be distinctly understood that there is a perfect harmony of sentiment with the federal administration in a most essential particular in regard to which the language of Mr Clay the Secretary of State is calculated to be highly satisfctory. It is as follows "the government of the United States is fully convinced that the right to the territory is with us and not with Great Britain. The convictions of Maine are not stronger in respect to the validity of our title than are those which are entertained by the President"

Whatever may be the character of the proposed umpirage it seems to adopt some rule of procedure as to the duties to be discharged before its results shall be known, and I can not but hope to learn from you, in some way, what measures your will consider to be proper, if such acts as that of the arrest and incarceration of Baker shall be repeated. There will be no wish to go beyond your direction or to fall short of it: and thus far, while the object has been to give no assent to injustice, there has been a steady view to your contemplated consultations and probate commands. It was an arrest which the testimony seems to me to condemn; yet it cannot but be hoped that the neighborliness government will place rights the hasty acts of unthinking agents, and that we expecting that generous conduct which strings from the characters of an Englishman, should not suddenly and unnecessarily engage with him in continuations. While were acquiescing in the abeyance of our rights, as connected only with property, the call for interposition was not imperative; but when unauthorized power was applied to the persons of our citizens along the Aroostook and in other places it seemed proper to ascertain the facts in order to submit them to you

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: 1828

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