Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 18 Part 2c.djvu/273

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S°*‘*· *‘·""’*· ”*“"£§‘“"*‘n%Etl§ félfiitft t?rE'£¥f¥“`“e§»?é‘tU‘£{%fEl’T 8E35E5S3F '%E1l1§1g(nA 3, 1183; RATIFIED BY CONGRESS JANUARY 14, 11¤4; PRO- CLAIMED JANUARY 14, 1784. In the name of the Most Holy and _Undivided_Tr1nity. p,,,,,mb1,_ It having pleased the Divine Providence to disposethe hearts of the most serene and most potent Prince George the Third, by the Grace of God King of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, Duke of Brunswick and Lunehurg, Arch-Treasurer and Prince Elector of the Holy Roman Empire, &ca., and of the United States of America, to forget all past misunderstandings and differences that have unhappily interrupted the good correspondence and friendship which they mutually wish to restore; and to establish such a beneficial and satisfactory intercourse between the two countries, upon the ground of reciprocal advantages and mutual convenience, as may promote and secure to both perpetual peace and harmony: And having for this de~ sirable end already laid the foundation of peace and reconciliation, by the provisional articles, signed at Paris, on the 30th of Nov’r, 1782, [6** PP- 261*26*-1 by the commissioners empowered on each part, which articles were agreed to be inserted in and to constitute the treaty of peace proposed to be concluded between the Crown of Great Britain and the said United States, but which treaty was not to be concluded until terms of peace should be agreed upon between Great Britain and France, and His Briannic Majesty should be ready to conclude such treaty accordingly; and the treaty between Great Britain and France havingsince been concluded, _ C<>¤¤*¤¤*i¤s 1>¤¤· His Britannic Majesty and the United States of America, in orderto carry

  • ‘°°· into full effect the provisional articles above mentioned, according to the

tenor thereof, have constituted and appointed, that is to say, His Britannic Majesty on his part, David Hartley, esqr., member of the Parliament N,g0t,,m,,,,_ of Great Britain ; and the said United States on their part, John Adams, esqr., late a commissioner of the United States of America at the Court of Versailles, late Delegate in Congress from the State of Massachusetts, and chief justice of the said State, and Minister Plenipotentiary of the said United States to their High Mightinesses the States General of the United Netherlands; Benjamin Franklin, esq’re, late Delegate in Cougress from the State of Pennsylvania, president of the convention of the said State, and Minister Plenipotentiary from the United States of America at the Court of Versailles; John Jay, esq’re, late president of Congress, and chief justice of the State of New York, and Minister Plenipotentiary from the said United States at the Court of Madrid, to be the Plenipotentiaries for the concluding and signing the resent deiinitive treaty; who, after having reciprocally communicated their resptectfive full powers, have agreed upon and confirmed the following a ic es: Anrrorn I. Independence of His Britannic Majesty acknowled es the said United States, viz. New the United gtaws Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Bhide Island, and Providence Pla.nta— “°k"°"*°6€° · tions, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia to be free, sovereign and independent States; that he treats with them as such and for himself, his heirs and successors, relinquishes all claims to the; grggpment, propriety and territorial rights of the same, and every part Anrrcm II. Boundaries on- And that all disputes which mi ht arise in future on s ‘ f

  • ¤‘>l*¤h°<l· the boundaries of the said United States may be predentedbtit iL°tZ°£iK-

agreed and declared, that the following are, and sha-ll be their boundaries, viz: From the north west angle of Nova Scotia, viz. that angle which is formed by a line drawn due north from the source of Saint