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STATE OF VERMONT.

Secretary of State's Office,

Mountpelier, Nor. 8, 1815. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy from the record in this office.

Attest,
WILLIAM SLADE, Junior.

Secretary of State.

Nasluille, 15th January, 1815. SIK-In conformity with a resolution by the legislature of the state of Tennessee, I have the honor to transmit to you the result from a submission to that Assembly, of certain propositions by the legislatures of Massachusetts and Connecticut for amending the constitution of the United States, with a request that it be laid before the legislature of the state over which you pre side,

With high regard,
I am, Sir,
Your obedient servant,

JOS. M'MINN.
His Excellency the Governor

of the state of Perinsylvania.

STATE OF TENNESSEE.

In General Assembly. 'The e committee of both houses of the General Assembly of the state of Tennessee, appointed to take under consideration the amendments proposed to be made by the states of Massachusetts and Connecticut, to the constitution of the United States, in the following words, to wit:

First. Representatives and direct taxes shall be apportioned ainong the several states which may be included within this union, according to their respective number of free persons, including those bound to serve for a term of years, and excluding Indians not taxed, and all other persons.

Second. No new state shall be admitted into the union by Congress in virtue of the power granted by the constitution, without the concurrence of two-thirds of both Houses.

Third. Congress shall not have power to lay any embargo on the ships or vessels of the citizens of the United States, in the ports and harbors thereof, for more than sixty days.

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Fourth. Congress shall not have power, without the concurrence of two-thirds of both Houses, to interdict the commercial intercourse between the United States and any foreign nation or the dependencies thereof.

Fifth. Congress shall not make or declare war or authorize acts of hostility against any foreign nation, without the concurrence of two-thirds of both Houses, except such acts of hostility be in defence of the territory of the United States when actually invaded.

Sixth. No person who shall hereafter be naturalized shall be eligable as a member of the Senate or House of Representatives of the United States, nor capable of holding any civil office under the authority of the United States.

Seventh. The same person shall not be elected President of the United States a second time, nor shall the President be elected from the same state two terms in succession.

Beg leave to report for the consideration of the legislature the following resolutions :

Resolved by the General Assembly of the state of Tennessee, That it is inexpedient to concur in the amendments proposed by the states of Massachusetts and Connecticut to the constitution of the United States. Resolved, That the Governor be required to transmit

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of the foregoing to the executive of each state in the union, with a request that the same be laid before the legislature thereof, and that he transmit a copy of the same to each of the senators and representatives from this state in Congress.

In the House of Representatives, Nov. 17, 1815. The foregoing report and resolutions being read, was concurred with.

JAMES FENTRESS, Speaker

of the House of Representatives. Test. T. S, CAMPBELL, Clerk.

In Senate, November, 17, 1815. Read and concurred with.

EDWARD WARD, Speaker

of the Senate. Test. Jo. M. ANDERSON, Clerk.

Nashville, Secretary's Office, ed January, 1816. I certify the foregoing to be a true copy of the original filed in

WILLIAM ALEXANDER,

Secretary of State

my office

DOCUMENTS

ACCOMPANYING THE GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE OF

THE TWENTY-SIXTH FEBRUARY, 1816. .

Commissary General's Office,

Philadelphia, February 22, 1816. SIRIn obedience to directions from the Department of War, I have the honor to forward copies of two deeds of conveyance to the United States, of property in the neighborhood of this city:

The deed of the public property at Carlisle shall be forwarded as soon as it is received.

I have the honor to be,
With great respect,
Your most obedient servant,
CALLENDER IRVINE,

Commissary General His Excllency Governor Snyder.

Department of War, January 22, 1816. SIR-The experience of the late war has manifested the necessity of having fortifications at several points where none have been erected, and of completing and extending many of those which have been commenced or executed.

It is intended to proceed in the execution of this great object as rapidly as the appropriations for that purpose will admit.

Immediately before, and pending the late war, fortifications were erected upon sites, the jurisdiction of which has not been ceded to the United States, as contemplated by the constitution. It is conceived, that it is proper at this time, to ask the cession of jurisdiction of all such sites by the legislstures of the several states in which they are situate. Annexed is a designation of the sites upon which permanent fortifications have been erected, or are intended to be erected, or occupied as magazines and arsenals in the state of Pennsylvania, the jurisdiction of which, the legislature is respectfully solicited ta cede.

The President confidently relies upon the good offices of your Excellency, with the legislature of the state, to effect this desirable object

I have the honor to be,
With great respect,
Your most obedient servant,

WILLIAM H. CRAWFORD. His Excellency the Governor

of Pennsylvania

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Extract of a deed from William B. Forster, and Eliza his

wife, to the United States, conveying a tract of land lying on the east side of the Allegheny river, in Pitt township, Pennsylvania, and bounded as follows, viz.

Beginning at a post on the bank of said river and running thence by land of said William B. Forster, south forty-five de grees, east one hundred and forty-three perches to a post; thence by land of John Ewalt, south forty-two degrees, west thirty-five perches and one quarter to a post; thence by land of the said WilKam B. Forster, north forty-five degrees, west one hundred and twenty-eight perches and an half to a post on the bank of the Allegheny river, and thence up the said river by the several cources thereof, north ninteen degrees, east thirty-nine perches to the place of beginning; containing thirty acres strict measure.

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ACCOMPANYING THE AUDITOR GENERAL'S REPORT

OF THE TWENTY-NINTH FEBRUARY, 1816.

Auditor General's Office, 29th February, 1816. Statement of the disbursments for the contingent expences of the

Auditor General's Office for the year 1815. Paid Mrs. Wright for postage on public letters, $255 93 William Graydon and others for stationary,

54 58 John Hyde for journal, ledger and alphabet, For map for the office,

8 For tape for filing papers,

5 75 For blank muster rolls to supply copies for the accounts against the United States,

50 Sundry small accounts,

19 96 William Gordon for taking care of the office, making fires, &c.

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$ 549 22 GEO. BRYAN.

Auditor General

DOCUMENTS

ACCOMPANYING THE GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE OR

THE FIFTH MARCH, 1816.

Boston, February 14th, 1816. SIR– In compliance with the request of the legislature of this state, I have the honor to transmit to you the inclosed resolutions, relating to proposed amendments of the constitution of the United States.

With great respect,
I am sir,
Your obedient servant,

CALEB STRONG. Mis Excellency Governor Snyder,

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.,

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS.

The committee to whoin was referred a resolution of the state of North Carolina, proposing an amendment to the constitution of the United States, ask leave to report :

That all the principles contained in the three first paragraplis of the said resolution, meet the unanimous concurrence of your committee, but that the principle contained in the fourth paragraph meets their unanimous dissent, inasmuch as its effect is to render forever permanent, the districts into which ary state may first be divided, until by a census and apportionment, the num. ber of representatives to which such state may be entitled shall be changed; so that, until this happen, whatever alteration may take place in the relative proportion of the inhabitants entitled to representation within the respective districts, no corresponding alteration of the districts can be attained. A principle in the opinion of your committee, incorrect in itself, and in its operation likely to be productive both of inequality and inconveni

Your committec do not apprehend that any disadvantage can result from enabling each state legislature, immediately after every new census and apportionment, to revise the state of their respective districts for the purpose of remedying any inequality which may have occurred in the relations of the population within the respective districts.

They, therefore, recommend that the legislature should reject the resolution proposed by the state of North Carolina.

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