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32d Congress, [ SENATE. ] Ex. Doc.
1st Session. No. 100.
[L''j ^j'^ FROM THE
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES,
I.N ANSWER ^jy* ,^¥.,
To a resolution of the Senate, requesting information in regard to the fisheries on the coasts of the British possessions in North America.
August 3, 1852.
August 5, 1852.
To the Senate of the United States:
In answer to the resolution of the Senate, of the 23d ultimo, requestmg information in regard to the fisheries on the coasts of the British possessions in North America, I transmit a report from the acting Secretary of State and the documents by which it was accompanied. Commodore M. C. Perry, with the United States steam-frigate Mississippi under his command, has been despatched to that quarter, for the purpose of protecting the rights of American fishermen under the convention of 1818.
Washington, August 2, 1852.
Department Of State,
Washington, August 2, 1852. The acting Secretary of State, to whom has been referred the resolution of the Senate of the 2i5d ultimo, requesting the President to communicate to that body, if not incompatible with the public interest, "all correspondence on file in the executive departments, with the government of England or its diplomatic representatives, since the convention between the United States and Great Britain, of October 20, 1818, touching the fisheries on the coasts of the British possessions in North America, and the rights of citizens of the United States engaged in such fisheries, as secured by said convention. And that the President be also requested (under like limitation) to inform the Senate whether any of the naval forces of the United States have been ordered to the seas adjacent to the British possessions in North America to protect the rights of American fishermen under said convention of 1818, since the receipt of intelligence that a large and unusual British naval i'orce had been ordered there to enforce certain alleged rights of Great Britain under said convention," has the honor to lay before the President the accompanying papers. These, together with those communicated to the Senate on the 28th of February, 1845, but which, it appears from the journal of that body, were not ordered to be printed, embrace all the information possessed by this department on the subject of the said resolution.
Message from the President of the United States, referred in the report