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TWENTY-EIGHTH CONGRESS. Sess. II. Res. 9, 10 1845.

mitted into the Union, after ceding to the United States, all public edifices, fortifications, barracks, ports and harbors, navy and navy-yards, docks, magazines, arms, armaments, and all other property and mcaus pertaining to the public defence belonging to said Republic of Texas, shall retain all the public funds, debts, taxes, and dues of every kind, which may belong to or be duc and owing said republic; and shall also retain all the vacant and unappropriatcd lands lying within its limits, to be applied to the payment of the debts and liabilities of said Republic of Texas, and the residue of said lands, after discharging said debts and liabilities, to be disposed of as said State may direct; but in no event are said debts and liabilities to bccomc a charge upon the Government of the United States. Third. New States, of convenient size, not exceeding four in number, in addition to said State of Texas, and having sufficient population, may hereafter, by the consent of said State, be formed out of the territory thereof; which shall be entitled to admission under the provisions of the federal constitution. And such States us may be formed out of that portion of said territory lying south of thirty-six degrees thirty minutes north latitude, commonly known as the Missouri compromise line, shall be admitted into the Union with or without slavery, as the people of each State asking admission may dcsirc. And in such State or States as shall be formed out of said territory north of said Missouri compromise line, slavery, or involuntary servitude, (except for crime,) shall be prohibited.

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3. And be it furiher resolved, That if the President of the United qem ntuy nego- States shall in his judgment and discretion deem it most advisable, instead E*f‘;3:;§;““ of proceeding to submit the foregoin resolution to the Republic and ’ of Texas, as an overture on the part of tbeainited States for admission, to negotiate with that Republic; then,

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Be it resolved, That a State, to be formed out of the present Republic Bdmimdy ¤S of Texas, with suitable extent and boundaries, and with two representatives in Congress, until the next apportionment of representation, shall agree upcn me be admitted into the Union, by virtue of this act, on an equal footing mms- with the existing States, as soon as the terms and conditions of such admission, and the cession of the remaining Tcxiau territory to the United States shall be agreed upon by the Governments of Texas and the United States: And that the sum of one hundred thousand dollars APp*`°p"°”°“· bc, and the same is hcrcby, appropriated to dcfray the cxpcuscs of missions and negotiations, to agree upon the terms of said admission and cession, either by treaty to be submitted to the Senate, or by articles to be submitted to the two houses of Congress, as the President may direct.

Am-novmn, March 1, 1845.

March 3, 1845. N 0. 9. J1 Resolution directing an examination of .Putna.m’a ploughing and dredging machine.

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Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of War _ examined ¤¤d be, and he is hereby authorized and directed to examine a. machine int°°t°d' vented by, and patented to the late Dr. James R. Putnam of New Orleans, called a. Ploughing and Dredging Machine for the removal of obstructions and bars in Rivers and Harbors, GLC., and to appoint a Board of three officers to tcst the practical utility of said machine.

Avrrnovrzn, March 3, 1845.


March 3, 1845.
No. 10. A Resolution to authorize the Attorney General to contract for copies of a proposed edition of the Laws and Treaties of the United States.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Attorney General