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250 CONVENTION WITH GREAT BRITAIN. 1818. signing of this treaty, excepting only the islands hereinafter mentioned, shall be restored without delay, and without causing any destruction, or carrying away any of the artillery or other public property originally captured in the said forts or places, which shall remain therein upon the exchange of the ratiiications of this treaty, or any slaves, or other Ame, p. 218. private property ;" and whereas, under the aforesaid article, the United Chim for States claim for their citizens, and as their private property, the restitu.

 tion ot, or full compensation for, all slaves who, at the date of the ex.

n·eatyo{Ghem. change of the ratifications of the said treaty, were in any territory, places, or possessions, whatsoever, directed by the said treaty to be restored to the United States, but then still occupied by the British forces, whether such slaves were, at the date aforesaid, on shore, or on board any British vessel, lying in waters within the territory or jurisdic- Diiferenee tion of the United States; and whereas differences have arisen whether, growing ¤¤*°f by the true intent and meaning of the aforesaid article of the treaty of

 gg Ghent, the United States are entitled to the restitution oi] or full comreferrddto some pensation for, all- or any slaves, as above. described, the high Icontracting

f1’i9¤dlY¤¤V¤· parties hereby agree to refer the said differences to some friendly sove- '°'g“ °' “°°°°' reign or state, to be named for that purpose; and the high contracting parties further engage to consider the decision of such friendly sovereign or state to be final and conclusive on all the matters referred. ARTICLE 6. This eonven- This convention, when the same shall have been duly ratified by the mm °bli€¤*°*’Y,. President of the United States, by and with the advice and consent of

§ii:`,',€f°° their Senate, and by his Britannic Majesty, and the respective ratifications mutually exchanged, shall be binding and obligatory on the said

United States, and on his majesty; and the ratifications shall be exchanged in six months from this date, or sooner, if possible. In witness whereof the respective plenipotentiaries have signed the same, and have thereunto atlixed the seal of their arms. Done at London, this twentieth day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighteen. ALBERT GALLATIN, (1.. s.) RICHARD RUSH, (r.. s.) FREDERICK JOHN ROBINSON, (1.. s.) HENRY GOULBURN. (1.. s.) D E C I S I O N Of the Commissioners under the fourth article of the Treaty of Ghent. Decision Ortho By Thomas Barclay and John IIolmes, esquires, commissioners, apcommissioners pointed by virtue of the fourth article of the treaty of peace and amity

Tftfg between his Britannic majesty and the United States of America, con-

,,,,,,y,,;Gh°m_ cluded at Ghent, on the twenty-fourth day of December, one thousand New York, eight hundred and fourteen, to decide to which of the two contracting Niggaz4t gg- parties to the said treaty, the several islands in the Bay of Passama- 'p`quoddy, which is part of the Bay of Fundy, and the island of Grand Menan, in the said Bay of Fundy, do respectively belong, in conformity with the true intent of the second article of the treaty of peace of one thousand seven hundred and eighty-three, between his said Britannic Amgpage SL majesty and the aforesaid United States of America. We, the said Thomas Barclay and John Holmes, commissioners as aforesaid, having been duly sworn impartially to examine and decide upon the said claims, according to such evidence as should be laid