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Senate Journal 1828 (30-318507-P123A.pdf)

it to pass without the expression of your dissent, which would be received on my part, with the utmost respect & deference.

The Minister Plenipotentiary of his Britannic Majesty has communicated to Mr Clay, what an called by the former "sufficient proofs of the decided resolution of his Majestys Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick to maintain the disputed territory in the same state in which his Excellency received it after the conclusion of the treaty of Ghent." It certainly would not be desirable to put his Majesty's Lieutenant Governors decided resolution to the test on this, but it may be imperatively required to determine how far the treaty of Ghent and previous actual jurisdiction may sanction his authoritative approaches beyond the terms of that treaty without a reasonable expostulation not how ever to be followed by any unnecessary resort to forcible resistance. It is not to be anticipated that the deplorable event of a war with Great Britain may not occur again. If that melancholy result of human frailty shall be produced the situation of Maine will require great resolution and activity. The concentration of the British forces with the view of dividing the Union, by an occupation of New York will not be attempted again but the starboard & the interior frontier of Maine, will be, the one a line of maratime invasion, and the other of excursions and incursions according to the emergencies relating to our defense. The effort will be probably to cut off this State, or at least for this no ought to be prepared, so as not to admit any repetition here of such scenes as occurred during the last war. It would appear to be proper to solicit of the general government the erection of some strong fortress on our interior frontier - Its own disposition and the obvious utility of works so situated in anticipation of others where the country is better guarded, would it maybe hoped, assure to a representation of this nature a favorable reception.

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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