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I now lay before Congress a statement of the militia of the United States, according to the returns last recieved from the several states & territories. it will be percieved that some of these are not of recent dates, & that from the states of Maryland & Delaware no returns are stated. as far as appears from our records, none were ever rendered from either of these states. from the territories...
During the blockade of Tripoli by the squadron of the US. a small cruiser, under the flag of Tunis, with two prizes, (all of trifling value) attempted to enter Tripoli, was turned back, warned, & attempting again to enter, was taken & detained as prize by the squadron. her restitution was claimed by the Bey of Tunis, with a threat of war in terms so serious, that, on withdrawing from the...
The Senate having advised & consented to the ratification of a treaty concluded with the Piankeshaw Indians for extinguishing their claim to the country between the Wabash and Kaskaskia cessions, it is now laid before both houses for the exercise of their constitutional powers as to the means of fulfilling it on our part. DNA : RG 233—LRHR—Legislative Records of the House of Representatives.
The Senate having advised & consented to the ratification of a Convention between the US. & the Cherokee Indians concluded at Washington on the 7th. day of January last for the cession of their right to the tract of country therein described. it is now laid before both houses of Congress for the exercise of their constitutional powers towards the fulfilment thereof. DNA : RG 46—Records of the...
To the Senate & House of Representatives of the US. of America, in Congress assembled. Foreign Relations. It would have given me, fellow citizens, great satisfaction to announce, in the moment of your meeting, that the difficulties in our foreign relations existing at the time of your last separation, had been amicably & justly, terminated. I lost no time in taking those measures which were...
To the Senate & House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress Assembled.— It would have given me, fellow Citizens, great satisfaction to announce, in the moment of your meeting, that the difficulties in our foreign relations, existing at the time of your last separation, had been amicably & justly terminated. I lost no time in taking those measures which were most likely...
I have the satisfaction to inform you that the negociation depending between the US. and the government of Great Britain is proceeding in a spirit of friendship & accomodation which promises a result of mutual advantage. delays indeed have taken place occasioned by the long illness, and subsequent death of the British minister charged with that duty. but the Commissioners appointed by that...
I transmit to each house of Congress a Copy of the laws of the territory of Michigan, passed by the Governor & Judges of the territory during the year one thousand eight hundred and five. DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
Agreeably to the request of the House of Representatives, communicated in their resolution of the 16th. instant, I proceed to state, under the reserve therein expressed, information recieved touching an illegal combination of private individuals against the peace & safety of the Union, and a military expedition planned by them against the territories of a power in amity with the US. with the...
I recieved from Genl. Wilkinson, on the 23d. inst. his affidavit charging Samuel Swartwout, Peter V. Ogden, and James Alexander with the crimes described in the affidavit, a copy of which is now communicated to both houses of Congress. It was announced to me at the same time that Swartwout & Bollman, two of the persons apprehended by him, were arrived in this city, in custody each of a...
I now render to Congress the Account of the fund established for defraying the Contingent expences of government for the year 1806.    No occasion having arisen for making use of any part of the balance of 18,012. Dollars 50. cents unexpended on the 31st. day of December 1805. that balance remains in the treasury. DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
I communicate for the information of Congress the Report of the Director of the mint of the operations of that establishment during the last year. DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
By the letters of Capt Bissel who commands at Fort Massac, and of mr Murrell, to General Jackson of Tennissee, copies of which are now communicated to Congress, it will be seen that Aaron Burr past Fort Massac on the 31st. of December, with about ten boats navigated by about six hands each, without any military appearance; and that three boats with ammunition were said to have been arrested by...
In execution of the act of the last session of Congress entitled ‘an act to regulate the laying out & making a road from Cumberland in the state of Maryland to the state of Ohio,’ I appointed Thomas Moore of Maryland, Joseph Ker of Ohio, & Eli Williams of Maryland Commissioners to lay out the said road, & to perform the other duties assigned to them by the act. The progress which they made in...
The government of France having examined into the claim of M. de Beaumarchais against the United States, and considering it as just & legal, has instructed it’s minister here to make representations on the subject to the government of the US. I now lay his Memoir thereon before the legislature the only authority competent to a final decision on the same. Privately owned.
I lay before Congress the laws for the government of Louisiana passed by the Governor & judges of the Indiana territory at their session at Vincennes begun on the 1st. of October 1804. DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
I communicate for the information of Congress a letter from Cowles Meade, Secretary of the Missisipi territory, to the Secretary at War, by which it will be seen that mr Burr had reached that neighborhood on the 13th. of January. DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
In compliance with the request of the House of Representatives, expressed in their resolution of the 5th. inst., I proceed to give such information, as is possessed, of the effect of Gunboats in the protection & defence of harbours, of the numbers thought necessary, & of the proposed distribution of them among the Ports & Harbours of the United States. Under present circumstances, & governed...
I transmit to both houses of Congress the laws adapted by the government and judges of the territory of Michigan from the 1st. day of July 1806. to the 1st. day of January of the present year. DNA : RG 233—LRHR—Legislative Records of the House of Representatives.
I now lay before Congress a statement of the Militia of the United States, according to the latest returns recieved by the department of war. from two of the states no returns have ever been recieved. DNA : RG 233—LRHR—Legislative Records of the House of Representatives.
I transmit to Congress a letter from our Ministers Plenipotentiary at London, informing us that they have agreed with the British Commissioners to conclude a treaty on all the points which had formed the object of their negociation, & on terms which they trusted we would approve. Also a letter from our Minister Plenipotentiary at Paris, covering one to him from the Minister of Marine of that...
Circumstances, fellow Citizens, which seriously threatened the peace of our Country have made it a duty to convene you at an earlier period than usual. the love of peace so much cherished in the bosom of our Citizens, which has so long guided the proceedings of their public Councils, & induced forbearance under so many wrongs, may not ensure our continuance in the quiet pursuits of industry....
Agreeably to the assurance given in my message at the opening of the present session of Congress, I now lay before you a copy of the proceedings & of the evidence exhibited on the arraignment of Aaron Burr & others before the Circuit Court of the United States held in Virginia in the course of the present year, in as authentic form as their several parts have admitted. NNFoM .
Having recently recieved from our late Minister Plenipotentiary at the court of London a duplicate of dispatches, the original of which has been sent by the Revenge schooner not yet arrived, I hasten to lay them before both houses of Congress. they contain the whole of what has passed between the two governments on the subject of the outrage committed by the British ship Leopard on the frigate...
The communications now made, shewing the great & increasing dangers with which our vessels, our seamen and merchandize are threatened, on the high seas & elsewhere, from the belligerent powers of Europe, and it being of the greatest importance to keep in safety these essential resources, I deem it my duty to recommend the subject to the consideration of Congress, who will doubtless percieve...
I communicate to Congress the inclosed letters from Governor Hull respecting the Indians in the vicinity of Detroit residing within our lines. they contain information of the state of things in that quarter which will properly enter into their view in estimating the means to be provided for the defence of our country generally. DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
I now render to Congress the Account of the fund established for defraying the Contingent expences of government for the year 1807. of the sum of 18,012. Dollars 50. cents which remained unexpended at the close of the year 1806, 8736. Dollars 11. cents have been placed in the hands of the Attorney General of the US. to enable him to defray sundry expences incident to the prosecution of Aaron...
I communicate for the information of Congress the Report of the Director of the Mint of the operations of that establishment during the last year. DNA : RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.
Having recieved an official communication of certain orders of the British government against the Maritime rights of Neutrals, bearing date the 11th. of November 1807. I transmit them to Congress, as a further proof of the increasing dangers to our Navigation and Commerce which led to the provident measure of the act of the present session laying an embargo on our own vessels. DNA : RG...
I communicate to Congress, for their information, a letter from the person acting in the absence of our Consul at Naples, giving reason to believe, on the affidavit of a Capt. Sheffield of the American schooner Mary Ann, that the Dey of Algiers has commenced war against the United States. for this no just cause has been given on our part, within my knolege. we may daily expect more authentic &...