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House Journal 1828 (30-318943-P130A.pdf)

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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 views of dividing the Union, by an occupation of New York, will not be attempted again, but the seaboard and the interior frontier of Maine will be the one a line of maratime [maritime] invasion, and the other of excursions and incursions according to the emergencies relating to our defence [defense]. The effort will be probably to cut off this State, or at least, for this we 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 fortresses 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 may be hoped, assure, to a representation of this nature, a favorable recession. Owing to the Union a faithful adherence and liberal support, there is at the same time due our constituents a manly assertion of their rights. You will not fail, therefore, to revert to the subject of the debt of the United States on account of the services of the Militia employed during the late war. It's payment is of less consequence than the acknowledgment of it's justice, and the encouragement of that Militia, through a recognition of their merits, and may, surely, with a proper self-respect, be presented to the attention of a Congress, too proud, magnanimous, and intelligent to be sordid or prejudiced. The claim is truly that of citizen soldiers of the United States, driven into action by it's measures, engaged in its service, exposed to it's enemy, and employed for it's benefit. Had it not been that an odium against the Executive of Massachusetts prevented, the claim would probably have

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: 1828

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