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importance to conciliate the comfortable support of the Officers and Soldiers with a due regard to oeconomy.~

There was reason to hope, that the pacific measures adopted with regard to certain hostile tribes of Indians would have relieved the Inhabitants of our Southern and Western frontiers from their depredations.— But you will percieve, from the information contained in the papers, which I shall direct to be laid before you (comprehending a communication from the Commonwealth of Virginia) that we ought to be prepared to afford protection to those parts of the Union; and, if necessary to punish aggressors.

The interests of the United States require, that our intercourse with other nations should be facilitated, by such provisions as will enable me to fulfill my duty in that respect, in the manner which circumstances may render most conducive to the public good: And to this end that the compensation to be made to the persons who may be employed, should according to the nature of their appointments be defined by law; and a competent fund