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North-EAST BOUNDARY.— The fol- that immediately on receiving informalowing statement in relation to the arrest tion of these transactions, the facts were at Madawasca, was made in a report of communicated by the Governor to Mr the Executive Council, November 7th, Livingston, the Secretary of State of the 1831.

United States, with an urgent request PRESENT THE GOVERNOR,

that the proper measures might be adopt

ed by the general government to proMessrs Lane, Howard, Prince, Cobb, cure the release of our citizens and to Smith, Johnson. In virtue of a warrant from a magis

protect our territory from invasion.

To this application an answer was duly trate of the County of Penobscot, the in- received from Mr Livingston, under date habitants of Madawasca, on the 20th day of 21st of October last, stating the exof August last, assembled at a place

treme desire of the executive of the southward of the St Johns river, on this United States to conform with scrupu. side of the line, designated by the arbiter

lous good faith to the arrangement made as, in his opinion, a suitable boundary be- with the minister of Great Britain for tween the two governments, and pro- preserving the state of things as it then ceeded peaceably to organize them- existed on both sides, until a final disposelves, in pursuance of an act of the le- sition could be made of the question, and gislature of Maine, incorporating the it was distinctly understood that no extown of Madawasca.

ertion of the State authority in the parts On the 12th day of September last, of the disputed territory, which were acthey held a town meeting for the pure tually held by the British, should interpose of electing a Representative, as re- fere with this arrangement. It further quired by the laws and constitution of

appears by the documents communicathis State.

ted, that although the proceedings of the For these acts, four of our citizens bave inhabitants of Madawasca were supposed been arrested by the authorities of New to be a violation of that agreement, yet Brunswick, carried out of the State, and

prompt measures were adopted by ihe three of them, Barnabas Hunewell, Dan

President through the interposition of the iel Savage and Jesse Wheelock, are

representative of the British Governnow confined in jail at Frederickton, in ment at Washington, to procure the reexecution of a sentence pronounced lease of the persons who had taken part against them, after the form of a trial in

in these transactions. a court of that province.

We have caused an examination to be As these citizens were arrested by a made, but no copy of the arrangement foreign power, at a place which is claim

referred to can be found among the ared and known to be within the limits of chieves of the State. And though allusion this State, and for the exercise of a priv. is made to such an arrangement in the ilege guarantied to every citizen, we

correspondence between M. Clay, formhave no hesitation in coming to the con- er Secretary of State of the United States clusion, that the State is bound to adopt and the late governor Lincoln, it was at all proper and constitutional means with

that time asserted to have been violated in its power, to procure their release.

by the British authorities, and we are It appears by documents in the office

satisfied that in numerous instances, it of the Secretary of State of this State,

has been totally disregarded by them.

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In order to show the views of the gen- be voluntarily surrendered, and as we eral government with regard to the meas- desire to conform to the wishes the ures to be adopted by this State, which general government, we do not deem are now the subject of our consideration, it expedient at this time to recommeod we refer to the following extracts from measures which might lead to collision Mr Livingston's Letter before referred with the British authorities. to. • The president desires ine to reit. But from the exposed situation of our erate to you, his anxious desire that you frontier settlements, and the danger to would use your authority and influence which they are subjected by encroachto prevent any further collision with ments from a neighboring province, we the British authorities, in the firm per- recommend that the governor be advised suasion that the wisdom of Congress will to issue a general order, requiring the direct such ultimate measures, as will militia of the State to hold themselves bring the controversy to a close, consist- in readiness to meet such requisitions as ent with the interest and dignity of the the president may deein necessary, to United States, and particularly, of the protect our territory from invasion and states interested in the question. He our citizens from capture. receives the strongest assurances from

ISAAC LANE, per order. the representative of the British govern- In Council, November 7th, 1831. ment, that no innovation will be counte. This report, on being read, was acceptpanced on the part of its provincial func- ed by the council, and by the governor tionaries; and on our part, good faith as approved. well as the protection of the frontier, Attest: R. G. GREENE, sec'y of state. from unauthorized mutual inroads, re

A true copy quire the same course of conduct.'

R. G. GREENE, sec'y of state. In a previous letter to the Governor, dated October 5th, Mr Livingston observes, the president directs me to say, Head quarters, Portland, Nov. 8, 1831. that he relies on your excellency's pru

GENERAL ORDER. dence to avoid any unnecessary exertion The security and defence of our rights of authority over the contested ground, as citizens of a free State, being dependand to repress as far as lies in your pow- ent upon our military establishment, it er, all such acts as may endanger the is not less a duty than the privilege of the quiet of the bordering territory.' Con- citizen soldier to be at all times prepared gress will meet in the course of a few to repel the invasion of those rights, and weeks, and it will be a source of deep allord his aid in the due esecution of the regret if the moderation and forbear- laws of his country. The exposed situance, which have hitherto characterized ation of the frontier settlements of this the government and people of Maine, State, and the dangers to which they are should cease to guide them, when its subjected by continual encroachments further continuance for so short a period from a foreign power, having, in the is of such consequence to the nation.' opinion of the executive council, ren

After a full consideration of all the dered it necessary that the militia of the facts and circumstances within

State should be reminded that events knowledge, in relation to the subject sub- might occur which would require their mitted to us, we are of opinion that eve- services; the COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF ry proper and constitutional measure at therefore ORDERS that the several dipresent in the power of the executive of visions of the militia be in readiness to this State to procure the release of our meet such requisitions as circumstances citizens confined at Frederickton, bas and the laws of the State may require, been adopted. And if the cominitiee and as the president of the United States have forborne to recommend more effi- may deem necessary, for the protection cacious means for their immediate re- of our citizens and territory. lease, it is because they believe the The major generals will cause this Stato is not in possession of the con- order to be promulgated throughout stitutional power to execute them with- their respective divisions. out the concurrence of the general gov- By the commander-in-chief, ernment.

SAMUEL G. LADD, adj't general. Believing that Congress, which is soon to meet, will adopt the necessary meas- At the meeting of the Legislature of ures to bring this controversy to a close, 1832, the following proceedings took consistently with justice, the peace of place in relation to this controversy. the nation, and the constitutional rights The people of Maine, and Massachuof the State, which we believe, will never

setts also, felt a general conviction, that


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