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of the whole, or of any part thereof,`the property so required shall be transferred to the said Government, at a proper valuation, to be agreed upon between the parties. ARTICLE V. Ratineationn. The present treaty shall be ratified by the President of the United States, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate thereof, and by Her Britannic Majesty; and the ratifications shall be exchanged at London, at the expiration of six months from the date hereof, or sooner if ssible. Signatures. Iii witness whereof the respective Plenipotentiaries have signed the same, and have affixed thereto the seals of their armp- Date. Done at Washington the fifteenth day of _June, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-six. JAMES BUCHANAN. L. s.] RICHARD PAKENHAM. L. S.] GREAT BRITAIN, 1850. April 19, 1850. CONVENTION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER BRI- ————;——— TANNIC MAJESTY RELATIVE TO A SHIP-CANAL BY WAY OF NICARAGUA, COSTA RICA, THE MOSQUITO COAST, OR ANY PART OF CENTRAL AMERICA, CONGLUDED AT WASHINGTON APRIL 19, 1850; RATIFICATION ADVISED BY SENATE MAY 2-2, 1850; RATIFIED BY PRESIDENT MAY 23, 1850; RATII·‘IcA· }‘é%NS EXCHANGED AT WASHINGTON JULY 4, 1850; PBOCLAIMED JULY 5, .C°“*’°°**°8 P"' The United States of America and Her Britannic Majesty, being de- °'°°‘ irons of consolidating the relations of amity which so happily subsist between them by setting forth and fixing in a convention their views and intentions with reference to any means of communication by shipcanal which may be constructed between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans by the way of the river San Juan de Nicaragua, and either or both of the lakes of Nicaragua or Manngua, to any port or place on the Pacific Negotiamrs. Ocean, the President of the United States has conferred full powers on John M. Clayton, Secretary of State of the United States, and Her Britannic Majesty on the Right Honorable Sir Henry Lytton Bulwer, a member of Her Majesty’s Most Honorable Privy Council, Knight Commander of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath, and Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of Her Britannic Majesty to the United States, for the aforesaid purpose; and the said Plenipotentiaries, having exchanged their full powers, which were found to be in proper form, have agreed to the following articles: Anrrom I. contmi over pm- The Governments of the United States and Great Britain hereby dei¤>¤¤! ¢¤¤¤'· clare that neither the one nor the other will ever obtain or maintain for itself any exclusive control over the said ship-canal; agreeing that neither will ever erect or maintain any fortifications commanding the same, or in the vicinity thereof, or occupy, or fortify, or colonize, or assume or exercise any dominion over Nicaragua, Costa Rica, the Mosquito coast, or any part of Central America; nor will either make use of' any protection which either affords or may afford, or any alliance which either has or may have to or with any State or people for the purpose of erecting or maintaining any such fortifications, or of occupying, fortifying, or colonizing Nicaragua, Costa Rica, the Mosquito coast, or any part of Central America, or of assuming or exercising dominion over the same;_nor will the United States or Great Britain take advantage of any intimacy, or use any alliance, connection, or influence that