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PORTUGAL, 1851. 639 PORTUGAL, 1851. CONVENTION BETWEEN THE UNI · , MIEEEEE THE QUEEN OF E0EEEE“§"€EiEit3€t%E°E0A§€fi§é Et¥°RMEI“§i? .i._.*`°“·"“·"*°‘· CAN CITIZENS, CONCLUDED AT WASHINGTON FEBRUARY 26, 1851; RATI- §}Ei’é32E°l‘EAlélli‘£EHEi§E%*’?£lt"§§EME§€SZEé8i‘I “”""‘“ BY *°RES"°E¥"* PROCLAIMED SEPTEMBER 1, 1851. ED AT LISBON JUNE 2`;’ wah The United States of America and Her Most Faithful Majesty the Contracting par- Queen of Portugal and of the Algarves, equally animated with the msdesire to maintain the relations of harmony and amity which have always existed, and which it is desirable to preserve between the two Powers, having agreed to terminate by a convention the pending questions between their respective Governments in relation to certain pecuniary claims of American citizens presented by the Government of the United States against the Government of Portugal, have appointed as their Plenipotentiaries for that purpose, to wit: The President of »tl1e United States of America, Daniel Webster, N¤g<>*i¤*<>¤¤· Secretary of State of said United States, and Her Most Faithful Majesty, J. C. de Figaniere é Morao, of Her Council, Knight Commander of the Orders of Christ and of O. L. of Conception of Villa Vicoza, and Minister Resident of Portugal near the Government of the United States · Who, after having exchanged their respective full powers, found to be in due and proper form, have agreed upon and concluded the following articles: Anrromz. I. Her Most Faithful Majesty the Queen of Portugal and of the Algarves, Payment to the appreciating the diiiiculty of the two Governments agreeing upon the U¤i'¤¤•i $9** i¤ subject of said claims, from the difference of opinion entertained by f“u°f °I‘“"““' them respectively, which diiiiculty might hazard the continuance of the good understanding now prevailing between them, and resolved to maintain the same unimpaired, has asscnted to pay to the Government of the United States a sum equivalent to the indemnities claimed for several American citizens, (with the exception of that mentioned in the fourth article,) and which sum the Government of the United States undertakes to receive in full satisfaction of said claims, except as aforesaid, and to distribute the same among the claimants. Anrrcrn II. The high contracting parties, not being able to come to an agreement Case of the brig upon the question of public law involved in the case of the American "G¤¤gf¤l Aflaprivateer brig “General Armstrong," destroyed by British vessels in the waters of the island of Fayal, in September, 1814, Her Most Faith- ,,,,,,_ ful Majesty has proposed, and the United States of America have con-- sented, that the claim presented by the American Government, in behalf of the captain, officers, and crew of the said privateer, should be submitted to the arbitrameut of a sovereign, poteutate, or chief of some nation in amity with both the high contracting parties. Antrronn III. So soon as the consent of the sovereign, potentate, or chief of some Papers to belnid friendly nation, who shall be chosen by the two high contracting par- b•>!`¤1‘¤·¤b¤t<=P· ties, shall have been obtained to act as arbiter in the aforesaid case of the privateer brig ** General Armstrong,” copies of all correspondence which has passed in reference to said claim between the two Govern- _ _ ments and their respective representatives shall be laidbefore the arbi- 5 Df>¤¤¤¤<>¤ W l>¤ ter, to whose decision the two high contracting parties hereby bind "“ · themselves to submit.