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1st Session.

STEAMSHIP ON THE MISSISSIPPI.

RESOLUTION

OF THE

LEGISLATURE OF LOUISIANA,

For a steamship of war to be built on the waters of the Mississippi.

JUNE 12, 1841.

Referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs, and ordered to be printed.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Louisiana in General Assembly convened, That our Senators and Representatives in Congress be requested to use their best efforts to have passed a law requiring of the Government of the United States to have stationed in the Gulf of Mexico, a steamship of war, and to have built, as soon as practicable, a war steamer within the waters of the river Mississippi, for the protection of the West.

That the Governor of the State be requested to transmit this resolution to our Senators and Representatives in Congress.

WM. DEBUYS,

Speaker of the House of Representatives.
FELIX GARCIA,

President of the Senate.

A. B. ROMAN,

Approved, March 6, 1841.

Governor of the State of Louisiana.

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1st Session

FORTIFICATIONS AT THE MOUTHS OF THE MISSISSIPPI.

RESOLUTION

OF THE

LEGISLATURE OF LOUISIANA,

Asking that the fortifications at the mouths of the Mississippi, be completed and mounted.

JUNE 12, 1841.

Referred to the Committee on Military Affairs, and ordered to be printed.

WHEREAS the commercial importance of New Orleans, its situation as the great outlet from all the Western States, the inadequate means of defence on the numerous approaches to it from the Gulf, and the remembrance of the events which closed the last war, would, in case of hostilities with a foreign Power, all join to invite the earliest and most violent aggression from an enemy, and should therefore lead us to prompt and energetic preparations for defence:

Be it therefore resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Louisiana in General Assembly convened, That our Senators and Representatives in Congress be requested earnestly to ask of that body that liberal appropriations should be made, for completing the fortifications at and near the mouths of the Mississippi, for purchasing and mounting on them the guns destined for their defence, for the construction of steam vessels of war to protect the coast and inlets and co-operate with the fortifications and troops, and for the collection of a sufficient quantity of arms, ammunition, and other supplies, at convenient depots in the neighborhood, to insure the protection of this important point.

And be it further resolved, &c., That the Governor be requested to transmit a copy of the foregoing resolution to our Senators and Representatives in Congress.

Approved, March 8, 1841.

WM. DEBUYS,

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1st Session.

LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA.

RESOLUTIONS

OF THE

LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA,

Responsive to those of South Carolina on the subject of controversy between the States of Maine and Georgia.

JUNE 12, 1841.

Read and laid upon the table.

The Committee on Federal Relations to whom was referred certain resolutions of the Legislature of South Carolina in relation to the Georgia and Maine controversy, have had the same under consideration, and beg leave to report:

That after a careful examination of the facts and circumstances set forth in the preamble of said joint resolutions connected with feloniously stealing and carrying away the slave Atticus by Daniel Philbrook and Edward Kilbron from the State of Georgia, and transporting him to the State of Maine, and the refusal of the Executive of the State of Maine to surrender said Philbrook and Kilbron, fugitives from justice, upon demand made by the Governor of Georgia, pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Constitution, they have come to the conclusion that the demand made was legal and proper, that the right was clear under the Constitution, and the refusal to surrender was inconsistent with the constitutional obligations of a State: they therefore concur in the following resolutions of said State, and recommend their adoption by the General Assembly of this State:

Resolved, 1st, That it is the duty as well as the right of any State to insist on the faithful observance of the Federal Constitution by each State in the Union.

Resolved, 2d, That to define crimes and felonies within its jurisdiction is an incident to the sovereignty of each State, and that no other State can question the exercise of that right.

Resolved, 3d, That to demand the surrender and removal of fugitives from justice is, by the Constitution, a right, and the arrest and surrender a duty. The denial or impairment of this right is inconsistent with the constitutional obligations of a State and subversive of the peace and good government of the other States.

Resolved, 4th, That the right hasbeen impaired, if not denied, by the authorities of Maine, and that this State shall never consent that any State

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