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To these considerations it may be added, that in case of hostilities at any time in the United States, or countenance given by them to hostile attacks from any other country, the province, by the possession of these islands, would, in that quarter, be rendered more secure from attack, and capable of defence. .
Impressed with the importance of the foregoing considerations, we indulge the hope, that the transmission of this address by your honour to his Majesty's ministers may be productive of important benefits to the interests and welfare of his Majesty's subjects in this province.
G. D. Ludlow, Speaker of the Council.
A. Botsford, Speaker of the House of Assembly. Presented in March, 1807. Transmitted in June, 1807.
Declaration as to the Boundaries of the River
THOMAS BARCLAY, DAVID HOWELL, and EGBERT Benson, Commissioners appointed in pursuance of the fifth Article of the Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Navigation, between his Britannic Majesty and the United States of America, finally to decide the Question, “ What River was truly intended under the Name of the River St. Croix, mentioned in the Treaty of Peace, between his Majesty and the United States, and forming a Part of the Boundary therein described.”
WE, the said commissioners, having been sworn impartially to examine and decide the said question according to such evidence as should respectively be laid before us, on the part of the British government and of the United States, and having heard the evidence which hạth been laid before us by the agent of his Majesty, and the agent of the United States respectively appointed, and authorized to manage the business on behalf of the respective governments, have decided, and hereby do decide the river hereinafter particularly described and mentioned, to be the river truly intended under the name of the river St. Croix, in the said treaty of peace, and forming a part of the boundary therein described ; that is to say, the mouth of the said river is in Passamaquoddy Bay, at a point of land called Joe's Point, about one mile northward from the northern part of St. Andrew's Island, and in the latitude of forty-five degrees five minutes and five seconds north, and in the longitude of sixty-seven degrees
twelve minutes and thirty seconds west from the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, in Great Britain, and three degrees fifty-four minutes and fifteen seconds east from Harvard College, in the University of Cambridge, in the State of Massachusetts; and the course of the said river, up from its said mouth, is northerly, to a point of land called the Devil's Head, then turning, the said point is westerly, to where it divides into two streams, the one coming from the westward, and the other coming from the northward, having the name of Chiputnatecook, or Chibnitcook, as the same may be variously spelt, then up the said.stream so coming from the northward to its source, which is at a stake near a yellow birch tree hooped with iron, and marked S. T. and I. H. 1797, by Samuel Titcomb and John Harris, the surveyors employed to survey the abovementioned stream coming from the northward ; and the said river is designated on the map hereunto annexed, and hereby referred to as further descriptive of it by the letters A.B.C.D. E. F. G. H. I. K. and L. ; the letter A. being at its said mouth, and the letter L. being at its said source : and the course and distance of the said source from the island, at the confluence of the abovementioned two streams, is as laid down on the şaid map, north five degrees and about fifteen minutes, west by the magnet about forty-eight miles and one quarter.
In testimony whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals, at Providence, in the State of Rhode Island, the twenty-fifth day of October, in the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety-eight.
Thomas Barclay, (L. S.)
Egbert Benson, (L. S.) (Witness)
Edward Winslow, Secretary to the Commissioners.
T. DAVISON, Whitefriars,