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270 PUBLIC TREATIES. Anrronn II. British troops to His Majesty will withdraw all his troops and garrisons from all posts "° "l*M"*"¤· and places within the boundary lines assigned by the treaty of peace to the United States. This evacuation shall take place on or before the first day of June, one thausaud seven hundred and ninety-six, and all the proper measures shall in the interval be taken by concert between the Government of the United States and His Majesty’s Governor-General in America, for settling the previous arrangements which may be necessary respecting the delivery of the posts :_ The United States in the mean time, at their discretion, extending their settlements any part within the said boundary line, except within the prec1ncts_or_ juris- Privile es to diction of any of the said posts. All settlers and traders, within the nett-1¤r¤ MM? md- precincts or jurisdiction of the said posts, shall continue to enjoy, un- ""- molested, all their property of every kind, and shall be protected therein. They hall be at full liberty to remain there, or to remove with all or any part of their effects; and it shall also be free to them to sell their lands, houses, or eifects, or to retain the property thereof, at their dis— cretion; such of them as shall continue to reside within the said boundary lines, shall not be compelled to become citizens of the United States, or to take any oath of allegiance to the Government thereof; but they shall be at full liberty so to do if they think proper, and they shall make and declare their election within one year after the evacuation aforesaid. And all persons who shall continue there after the expiration of the said year, without having declared their intention of remaining subjects of His Britannic Majesty, shall be considered as having elected to become citizens of the United States. Anmctn IH. commercial in- It is agreed that it shall at all times be free to His Majesty’s subjects, t·»¤=<>¤r¤¤· and to the citizens of the United States, and also to the Indians dwell- [See exsésuatory ing on either side of the said boundary line, freelyto pass and repass by “"’°*°" •P·282·] land or inland navigation, into the respective territories and countries of the two parties, on the continent of America, (the country within the limits of the Hudson’s Bay Company only excepted, ) and tonavigate all the lakes, rivers, and waters thereof, and freely to carry on trade and commerce with each other. But it is understood that this article does not extend to the admission of vessels of the United States into the seaports, harbours, bays, or creeks of His Majesty’s said territories; nor into such parts of the rivers in His Majesty’s said territories as are between the mouth thereof, and the hi best port of entry from the sea, except in mall vessels trading bona ilde between Montreal and Quebec, under such regulations as shall be established to prevent the possibility of any frauds in this respect. Nor to the admission of British vessels from the sea into the rivers of the United States, bevond the highest ports of entry for foreign vessels from the sea. The river Mississippi shall, however, according to the treaty of peace, beentirely open to both parties; and it is further agreed, that all the ports and places on its eastern side, to whichsoever of the parties belonging, may freely be resorted to and used by both parties, in as ample a mannerasauy of the Atlantic ports or places of the United States, or any of the ports or - plsies of His llgajestylin Great Britain. Imports me sx- _ good_ s an mere andize whose im rtation into H' 'es ’s s. ’ sorts. territories in America shall not‘be enggely prohibited13m`;;] frglv'·$}· the purposes of commerce, be carried into thesame in the matter aforesaid, by the citizens of the United States, and such goods and merchandize shall be subject to no higher or other duties than would be payable by His Majesty’s subjects ou the importation of the same from Europe into the sand territories. And in like manner, all goods ani:] lmerchalndize whose importation into the United States shall notbe w o j pro nbited, may treely, for the purposes of commerce, be carried