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GREAT BRITAIN, 1782. 263 of persons resident in districts in the possession of His Majesty’s arms, and who have not borne arms against the said United States: And that persons of any other description shall have free liberty to go to any part or parts of any of the thirteen United States, and therein to remain twelve months unmolested in their endeavours to obtain the restitution of such of their estates, rights, and properties as may have been confiscated : And that Congress shall also earnestly recommend to the several States a reconsideration and revision of all acts or laws regarding the premises, so as to render the said laws or acts perfectly consistent, not only with justice and equity, but with that spirit of conciliation which, on the return of the blessings of peace, should universally prevail: And that Congress shall also earnestly recommend to the several States that the estates, rights, and properties of such last-mentioned persons shall be restored to them, they refunding to any persons who may be now in possession the bona tide price (where any has been given) which such persons may have paid ou purchasing any of the said lands, rights, or properties since the confiscation. And it is agreed that all persons who have any interest in confiscated lands, either by debts, marriage settlements, or otherwise, shall meet with no lawful impediment in the prosecution of their just rights. Anmonn VI. That there shall be no future confiscations made, nor any prosecutions No mi-um com commenced against any person or persons for or by reason of the part ¤¤¤{•*i°¤¤ 0* P*°¤°· which he or they may have taken in the present war, and that no person °““"’““‘ shall, on that account, suffer any future loss or damage, either in his person, liberty, or property; and that those who may be in confinement on such charges, at the time of the ratification of the treaty in America, shall be immediately set at liberty, and the prosecutions so commenced be discontinued. Axerronn VII. There shall be a firm and perpetual peace between His Britannic Hostilities to Majesty and the said States, and between the subjects of the one and °°°°°· the citizens of the other, wherefore all hostilities, both by sea and land, shall then immediately cease: All prisoners., on both sides, shall be set at liberty; and his Britannic Majesty shall, with all convenient speed, and without causing any destruction, or carrying away any negroes or other property of the American inhabitants, withdraw all his armies, _ _ garrisons, and fleets from the said United States, and from every port, to b1:¤:iz?`d|£`:’;“ place, and harbour within the same, leaving in all fortifications the ‘ American artillery that may be therein; and shall also order and cause all archives, records, deeds, and papers belonging to any of the said States or their citizens, which in the course of the war may have fallen into the hands of his officers, to be forthwith restored and delivered to the proper States and persons to whom they belong. An·r1c1.n VIII. The navigation of the river Mississippi, from its source to the ocean, · Igyigntion o f shall forever remain free and open to the subjects of Great Britain and um ‘°°‘°°'PP‘· the citizens of the United States. Anmonn IX. In case it should so happen that any place or territory belonging to Cougpests to be Great Britain or to the United States should be conquered by the arms '°°*°' · of either from the other, before the arrival of these articles in America, it is agreed that the same shall be restored without diiiiculty and without requiring any compensation.