Journals of Congress: Containing the proceedings from Sept. 5, 1774 to [3d day of November 1788] ... (Google eBook)

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Page 88 - ... to Congress, and would disable the Congress of the United States from giving satisfaction to foreign nations complaining of a violation of neutralities, of treaties or other breaches of the law of nations...
Page 310 - That the salary, as well as the expenses, be computed from the time of their leaving their places of abode to enter on the duties of their offices, to be continued three months after notice of their recall, to enable them to return to their families respectively.
Page 88 - ... that congress is by these United States invested with the supreme sovereign power of war and peace : that the power of executing the law of nations is essential to the sovereign supreme power of war and peace : that the legality of all captures on the high seas must be determined by the law of nations...
Page 87 - Resolved, that congress, or such person or persons as they appoint, to hear and determine appeals from the courts of admiralty, have necessarily the power to examine as well into decisions on facts as decisions on the law, and to decree finally thereon, and that no finding of a jury in any court of admiralty, or court for determining the legality of captures on the high seas, can or ought to destroy the right of appeal, and the...
Page 420 - ... poured out the blood of the two nations and mingled it together as a sacred pledge of perpetual union. "The consequences, which have followed from the appearance of the French fleet upon our coasts, particularly by disconcerting the enemy's plans of operations, and destroying a considerable part of their naval force, demonstrate the wisdom of the measure.
Page 418 - The wisdom and courage which have founded your republic : the prudence which presides over your deliberations ; your firmness in execution ; the skill and valor displayed by your generals and soldiers, during the course of the war, have attracted the admiration and regard of the whole world. The king, my master, was the first to acknowledge a liberty acquired amidst so many perils and with so much glory. Since treaties dictated by moderation, have fixed upon a permanent...
Page 208 - GENTLEMEN, Having conferred upon you a trust of the highest nature, it is evident we place great confidence in your integrity, abilities and zeal to promote the general welfare of the United States, and the particular interest of this state, where the latter is not incompatible with the former...
Page 227 - ... payment of the whole ; but as it is probable that some states, if not all, will raise part of the sums by instalments or otherwise, before that time, we recommend in the strongest manner, the paying as much as can be collected as soon as possible into the continental treasury. THOUGH it is manifest, that moderate taxation in times of peace, will recover the credit of your currency, yet the encouragement which your enemies derive from its depreciation, and the present exigencies, demand great...
Page 86 - Active and her cargo to the first claimants ; three fourths of the net proceeds of the said sloop and her cargo to the libellant and the second claimant, as per agreement between them :" which verdict was confirmed by the judge of the court, and sentence passed thereon. From this sentence or judgment and verdict, an appeal was lodged with the secretary of congress, and referred to the committee appointed by congress to hear and determine finally upon all appeals brought to congress from the courts...
Page 86 - January 19th, 1779, having, in pursuance of the instructions to them given, examined into the causes of the refusal of the judge of the court of admiralty for the state of Pennsylvania, to carry into execution the decree of the court or committee of appeals, report, "That on a libel in the court of admiralty for the state of Pennsylvania, in the case of the sloop Active, the jury found a verdict in the following words, viz.

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