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Senate Journal 1830 (30-318509-P169A.pdf)

XXV can not rationally support that a claim so unjust and sophistical in its character, as that raised by the British Government, to hold nearly a third part of the territory of Maine, as described by the Treaty of 1783, can be supported, when the merits are fully understood, by any intelligent and impartial Tribunal. That confidence in our General Government, to which I have just alluded, should inspire us with the belief, that the question contemplated by the fifth article of the Treaty of Ghent has been submitted to the decision of such a Tribunal as I have referred to, in the high Personage agreed upon in the Convention for submission. And should jurisdiction be urged upon a question different from that submitted, the high character of the Umpire would not permit him to assume what the Parties do not agree to submit. The result of the submission may not be definitely known before the expiration of many years. In the mean time it behoves this Government to take care, that no waste is committed of the valuable timber on the territory in dispute, and that aggressions be not attempted on our Citizens with impunity.

The account for the amount paid Charles S. Daveis, Esq, the "Agent appointed by the Executive of this State" in 1827, "to inquire into and report upon certain facts relating to aggressions upon the rights of the State of Maine and of individual Citizens thereof, by Inhabitants of the Province of New Brunswick", was. at the request of my Predecessor, presented by the Hon. W. P. Preble to the Executive of the United States for allowance, and an answer was received from the Secretary of State, dated the thirty first of April last, stating "that he had been directed by the President to say, that there can not be a doubt that the expense was properly incurred and ought to be depayed by the Government of the United States. But in as much as the contingent fund applicable of the united States. But in as much as the contingent fund applicable to these expenses for that year." We may therefore expect the payment as soon as the present Congress shall make the necessary appropriation. Early in the last year, the Agent of the Penobscot Indians was directed by the Governor and Council to procure some man to assist and instruct the tribe in agriculture, agreeably with their request and the condition of the Treaty which has been made with them, instead of hiring Persons by the day, to furnish their ploughing and other ox labor. A man has been employed to under such assistance and instruction as the Treaty seemed to require.

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: 1830

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