Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 18 Part 2c.djvu/240

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FRANCE, 1803. 233 Anriomi 1. Whereas by the article the third of the treaty concluded at St. Idel- Retrocession fonso, the 9th Vendémiaire, an 9 (lst October, 1800,) between the First from SP¤l¤ *0 Consul of the French Republic and His Catholic Majesty, it was agreed F"‘““° ““°°d‘ as follows: “His Catholic Majesty promises and engages on his part, to cede to the French Republic, six mouths after the full and entire execution of the conditions and stipulations herein relative to His Royal Highness the Duke of Parma, the colony or province of Louisiana, with the same extent that it now has in the hands of Spain, and that it had when France possessed it, and such as it should be after the treaties subsequently entered into between Spain and other States."And whereas, in pursuance of the treaty, and particularly of the third article, the French Republic has an incontestible title to the domain and to the possession of the said territory: The First Consul of the French Cmmmunitad Republic desiring to give to the United States a strong proof of his smug, friendship, doth hereby eede to the said United States, in the name of the French Republic, forever and in full sovereignty, the said territory, with all its rights and appurtenances, as fully and in the same manner as they have been acquired by the French Republic, in virtue of the above-mentioned treaty, concluded with His Catholic Majesty. Ascrioms II. In the cession made by the preceding article are included the adja- Islands. Jw;. incent islands belonging to Louisiana, all public lots and squares, vacant °l“d°d '“ °°“‘“°“· lands, and all public buildings, fortifications, barracks, and other editices which are not private property. The archives, papers, and documents, relative to the domain and sovereignty of Louisiana and its dependences, will be left in the possession of the commissaries of the United States, and copies will be afterwards given in due form to the magistrates and municipal oiilicers of such of the said papers and documents as may be necessary to them. _An.r1c1.n III. The inhabitants of the ceded territory shall be incorporated in the thlnhgbguuta of Union of the United States, and admitted as soon as possible, accord- °°° ° me °ry’ ing to the principles of the Federal constitution, to the enjoyment of all the rights, advantages, and immunities of citizens of the United States; and in the mean time they shall be maintained and protected in the free enjoyment of their liberty, property, and the religion which they profess. Ancrronn IV. There shall be sent by the Government of France a commissary to 'f¤¤·¤¤f¤P of tem- Louisiana, to the end that he do every act necessary, as well to receive °°'y· from the offcers of His Catholic Majesty the said country and its dependences, in the name of the French Republic, if it has not been already done, as to transmit it in the name of the French Republic to the commissary or agent of the United States. Ancrrorm V. Iiumediatel after the ratincation of the present treaty by the Presi ?°“°°“‘°“ by dent of the United States, and in case that of the First Consul shall Ummd S°°'°°°' have been previously obtained, the commissary of the French Republic shall remit all military posts of New Orleans, and other parts of the ceded territory, to the commissary or com missaries named by the President to take possession; the troops, whether ot France or Spain, who may be there, shall cease to occupy any military post from the time of taking possession, and shall be embarked as. soon as possible, in the course of three months after the ratification ot this treaty.