if any man or body of men presume to make any separate or partial convention or agreement with the British commissioners, they ought to be considered and treated as open and avowed enemies of the United States. They declared, “That these United States cannot with propriety hold any conference or treaty with : any commissioners on the part of Great-Britain unless they shall, as a preliminary thereto either withdraw their fleets and armies, or else in positive and express terms acknowledge the independefice of the said states.” They then, from an apprehension that it is the design of the enemy to lull them into a fatal security, call upon the states to use the most strenuous exertions to have their respective quotas of continental troops in the field as soon as possible, and to hold all their militia in readiness to act as occasion may require. The congress at this period had no knowledge of a treaty’s having been entered into by France with ... their commissioners; but they conjectured that there would hea rupture in Europe between the French and British nations; and to avail themselves of the occasion, and detach the tories from the enemy, they the next day recommended to the states the of. fering of pardon, under the restrictions that might be thought expedient, to such of their inhabitants or subjects who had levied war against them, or had adhered to the enemy, as should ... surrender themselves to any civil or military officer of any of ... the states, or return to the state they belonged to before the 10th of next June. . The arrival of the conciliatory bills at New-York and Philadelphia, excited equal astonishment and indignation in the royal forces. These thought their personal honor wounded in the recantation now made of all that high language and treatment, which they had been accustomed to hold or to offer to the Americans. The disappointment, was the greater, as the bijis were the substitute to a reinforcement of twenty thousand men, which they had expected. But the feelings of the numerous body of American refugees is not to be described. - - -> A committee of congress was appointed on the 1st of May, “to inquire into the laws and customs of nations respecting neotrality and to report whether the conduct of the king of Portugal in forbidding the vessels of the United States to enter his ports and ordering those already there to depart at a short day, is not a breach of the laws of neutrality and will not justify acts of hostility against the subjects of the said kingdom.” . On the third, during the Sunday’s adjournment, Mr. Simeon Deane, brother to Silas Deane, esq. arrived express from France, with sundry important dispatches, whereupon congress was convened, - and the dispatches opened and read, among which, to their inconceivablejoy, were atreaty of commerce and atreaty of aijiange, ... " concluded

concluded between his most Christian majesty the king of France and the United States of America. The treaties were duly Weighed and considered separately the next day, and upon each, it was unanimosly resolved, " That the same be and is hereby ratified." There was an act separate and secret in the following terms—" T he most Christian king declares, in consequence of the intimate union which subsists between him and the king of Spain, that in concluding witli the United States of America this treaty of amity and commerce, and that of eventual and defensive alliance, his majesty hath intended and intends to reserve expressly, and he reserves by this present separate and secret act to his said Catholic majesty, the power of acceding to the said treaties, and to participate in their stipulations at such time as he shall judge proper.—It being well understood nevertheless, that if any of the stipulations of the said treaties are not agreeable to

-the king of Spain, his Catholic majesty may propose other conditions analagous to the principle aim of the alliance, and conformable to the rules of equality, reciprocity and friendship.'* This actbeingduly weighed, it was resolved unanimously, "That

'the same be and is hereby ratified." The next resolution was, •'That this congress entertain the highest sense of the magnanimity and wisdom of his most Christian majesty, so strongly exemplified in the treaty of amity and commerce, and the treaty of alliance; and the commisioners representing these states, at the icourt of France, are directed to present the grateful acknowledgements of this congress to his most Christian majesty, for his trulymagnanimous conduct respecting these states, in the said generous and disinterested treaties, and to assure his majesty, on the part of this congress, it is sincerely wished that the friendship so happily commenced between France and these United States

• may be perpetual." On the 5th they resolved, "That the commissioners be instructed to inform the court of France, that although congress have readily ratified the treaties and the act separate and secret; yet from a sincere desire of rendering the friendship and alliance so happily begun, permament and perpet-i ual, and being apprehensive that differences may arise from the Itth and 12th articles in the treaty of amity and commerce, con

fFessare desirous that the said articles may be utterly expunged." Ir. Lee was against admitting these articles, and assigned his reasons to Messrs. Franklin and Deane on the 30th of January; who on the first of February wrote to'Mr. Gerard, that they concurred in desiring that the same might be omitted, notwithstanding which they were retained. You will not expect me to delineate the inexpressible satisfaction that the report of these treaties Spread through the United States. The people were in raptures, U. S s The

The several brigades of the army, by gen. Washington's orders7, assembled in the morning of the 6th, when their chaplains-communicated the intelligence, offered up a thanksgiving, and delivered a discourse suitable to the occasion. They were then formed into two lines, when thirteen cannon were discharged ;at the firing of the last, a running fire of infantry began on the right and continued through the whole front line ; it was theix taken up On the left of the second line, and continued to the right. A signal was given and the whole army huzzaed,-^"Long live the king of France." The artillery fired as before, Which was succeeded by a second general discharge of all the musketry in a running fire, and by a " Long live the friendly European powers." The military ceremony was reitered, ami closed With a huzza " for the American states." The remainder of the day passed away in universal joy and gladness. 'Every American will soon have, from the publication of the treaties, an opportunity of learning their contents; mean whileeofifgreis have recommended to all, " to consider the subjects of hte"tnojst Christian majesty as their brethren and allies, and to feehaTe toward them with die friendship and attention <kie to the subjects of a great prince, who with the highest magnanimity and wisdofti hath treated with these United States on terms of perfect equality and mutual advantage, thereby rendering himself the protector ef the rights of mankind." • • • : > it

'" The congress," after receiving the treaties, had a stronger feeling of their own importance than before, and resolved, That the commissioners appointed for the courts of Spain, Tuscany, Vienna and Berlin, should live in such stile and manner at their respective courts-as they may find suitable and nec essary to support the dignity of their public character." They elected Ralph Izard, esq. commissioner for the court of Tuscany; and William Lee, esq. for the courts of Berlin and Vienna. On the 8th of May they agreed to a draught of " An address to the'inhabitants of the United States of America." In it they recapitulate in a masterly and affecting manner, the occurrences and state of the three preceding years. Their language is calculated taseize and Tead the passions captive at pleasure. When they come to the French treaties they say—" You have still to expect one severe conflict. Your foreign alliances, though tliey secure your independence, cannot secure your country from desolation, your habitations from plunder, your wives from insult or violation, itor your children from butchery. Foiled in the principle design, you must expect to feelthe rage of disappointed ambition. Arise then ! to your tents! and gird you for battle. It is time to turn the headlong QurrenUf vengeance upon the head of the destroyer.

er. They have filled up the measure of their abominations, and like fruit, must soon drop from the tree. Although much is done, yet much remains to do. Expect not peace while any corner of America is in possession of your foes. You must drive them away from this land of promise, a land flowing indeed with milk and honey. , Your brethrea, at the extremities of the continent, already implore your friendship, and protection. It is your duty £o grant, their request. They hunger and thirst after liberty. Be -it-yours to dispense to them the heavenly gift. And what is there now to prevent it?” They afterward hold up to their view, the -sweets of a free commerce with every part of the earth, soon 49 reimburse them for all the losses they have sustained; the full tide of wealth to flow in upon their shores, free from the arbitrary impositions of thoge whose interest and whose declared - Policy it is to check their growth ; and the nourishing and fostering of their interests by government, whose power will be derived from their grant; and that will therefore be obliged, by the influence of cogent necessity, to exert it in their favor. - They close with—“It is to obtain these things that we cali for your strenuous, unremitted exertions. Yet do not believe that you have been, or can be saved merely by your own strength. No! It is by the assistance of Heaven;' and this you must assi-duously cultivate by acts which Heaven approves. Thus shall the power and happiness of these sovereign, free and independent states, founded on the virtue of their citizens, increase, extend + and endure, until the Almighty shall blot out all the empires of , the earth.” That this animated, but in some instances, extra* vagant address, might have its full operation, and to the utmost extent, they reconomended to ministers of the gospel of all denominations, the reading, or causing of it to be read immediately after divine service, to the inhabitants of the United States, in their respective churches and chapels, and other places of reli-gious worship. A week after, they resumed the subject of making an allowance to officers after the war, and then resolved unanimously, “That all military officers commissioned by congress, ... who now are or hereafter may be in the service of the United * States, and shall continue therein during the war, and not hold any office of profit under these states, or any of them, shall, - after the conclusion of the war, be entitled to receive annually, - for the term of seven years, if they live so long, one half of • the present pay of such officers; provided that no general officer of the cavalry, artillery or infantry, shall be entitled to re-ceive more than the one half part of the pay of a colonel of such is corps; and provided that this resolution shall not extend to any - - - . . . . . . . . . . . . . officer,

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officer, unless he shall have taken an oath of allegiance to, and shall actually reside within some one of the United States.” . . . All later proceedings of congress must be deferred till another opportunity. - ---. On April the twenty-fifth, the Massachusetts assembly sent a Jetter to congress, giving the reasons why they refrained front passing the regulating act, viz. their apprehensions that it could not be carried into execution, and that it would be attended with the most fatal consequences. They have passed an act: for prescribing and establishing an oath of fidelity and allegiance." Persons refusing it, are to be sent off by order of council, with: in forty days after such refusal, to some port in the dominions of the kingdom of Great-Britain. - * * The declaration of independence made it necessary for the South-Carolinians to new model their temporal form of government. The inhabitants, instead of choosing delegates to meet in convention, for that business, entrusted their representatives* with it; and the elections in every part of the state, were eonducted on the idea that the members chosen, over and above the ordinary powers of legislators, should have that of framing as new constitution. Thus authorised, in January, 1777, they en-" tered upon the business. . They did not proceed to give a final sanction to their deliberations; but the model they had agreed to 3 was printed in the form of a bill, and submitted to the examination of the people at large for the space of a year. Such was the * prevailing approbation, that when it came before the legislature, the general assembly and legislative council proceeded in March 1778, to give it a final sanction in the form of a law, and presented it to president Rutledge for his assent. He refused passing it, and gave his reasons in a speech addressed to both houses: He urged the oath he had taken to preside according to the constitution agreed to by the representatives in 1776; that the bill offered to him annihilated one branch of the legislature, and transferred the right of electing another branch from the generało assembly of the people, and that nothing appeared clearer to him a than that they had not lawful power to do so. He observed that a the good of the people being the end of government, that is the best form under which they are happiest; and that they are the fittest judges of what will be most productive of their happiness. He surmised that “The people preferred a compound or mixed government to a simple democracy, or one verging toward it; perhaps because, however unexceptionable democratic power” may appear at the first view, its effects have been found arbitrary, severe and destructive.” “Certainitis,” said he, “that system; which, in theory have been much admired, on trial have not - - succeeded;

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