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soever may be its character or its object, is repealable by the other. Were it otherwise, the Federal Legislature would, by degrees, in the progress of time, be stripped of all the powers it possesses, and those powers would be transferred to corporations irresponsible to the people, and unmindsul of the public good :

1. Therefore be it resolved, That the Legislature of the State of Mississippi do hereby declare that they do concur in, adopt, and reaffirm, as universally true, at all times, the resolutions of Virginia and Kentucky, adopted at their General Assemblies of 1793 and 1799.

2. Resolved, That our Representatives in Congress be requested, and our Senators be instructed, to vote to repeal or so to amend an act, passed at late extra session of Congress, entitled, “ An act to establish a uniform system of bankruptcy throughout the United States," as better to secure the rights of creditors, and to include all incorporated companies.

3. Resolved, That our Representatives be requested, and our Senators instructed, to vote for the repeal of so much of an act, entitled "An act to appropriate the proceeds of the public lands, and to grant pre-emption rights," as relates to the distribution of the nett proceeds thereof; and that the Legislature, viewing the said distribution as a subsidy, unworthy of the acceptance of a sovereign State, will not appoint any agent to receive any portion thereof in behalf of this State.

4. Resolved, That our Representatives in Congress be requested, and our Senators be instructed, to vote against any discriminating tariff recog. nising the protection of manufactures or agricultural products, and also to oppose any further proposition to create any permanent national debt in the time of peace.

5. Resolved, That our Representatives in Congress be requested, and our Senators be instructed, lo vote against the establishment or incorporation of any national bank or institution having the power to make discounts or deal in bills of exchange.

6. Resolved, That our Senators in Congress, the Hon. John Henderson and the Hon. Robert J. Walker, be, and they are hereby, instructed to conform, in good faith, and use all honorable ineans to carry out and accom. plish, the principles and instructions laid down in the foregoing preamble and resolutions, in each and every part thereof.

7. Resolved, further, That the Governor of the State of Mississippi be requested to forward a copy hereof' to each of our Senators and Representatives in Congress.

ROBERT W. ROBERTS, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

J. SPEIGHT,

President of the Senate. Approved, February 22, 1842.

T. M. TUCKER. 1, Lewis G. Gallaway, Secretary of State of the State of Mississippi, do

hereby certify that the foregoing resolutions of the Legislature of the State of Mississippi, in relation to the acts of the extra session of Coogress of 1941, approved the 22d day of February, 1842, is a just and

true copy of the original filed in my office. Given under my hand and seal of office, this the first day of March, 1842.

LEWIS G. GALLAWAY,

Secretary of State.

2d Session.

MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE-RIGHT OF SEARCH, AND

CASE OF THE BRIG CREOLE.

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. To the right of search, and the case of the American brig Creole. .

May 10, 1842. 1.1!!!
Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Whereas, the right of search has never been yielded to Great Britain by any treaty stipulations, but hath constantly been denied and resisted ; and whereas, many signal examples of aggression upon the immunities of our free flag have, of late especially, directed the attention of the country to the claim and exercise of a right of search by the the British Government-a pretension so justly odious to a liberty-loving people; and whereas, the minister of Great Britain has recently disclaimed the right, in express terms, while he insidiously, and under false pretences, insists upon its exercise; and that would enforce a power usurped by his Government 10 detain and examine vessels bearing our banner; and whereas, within a sew months past, the American brig Creole, on her outward passage to New Orleans, transporting a cargo of slaves, the property of citizens of the United States, shipped thither from Virginia, was, by the insurrectionary crimes of some of these slaves, seized, and the crew forcibly compelled to navigate the said brig into a port of a British West India island; and whereas, it is evident that the hope of freedom held out by the doctrine of universal emancipation, now apparently so acceptable to the rulers and ruled of Great Britain, certainly stirred up these rebellious slaves to mutiny and murder, and sped their flight to British soil; and whereas, the criminals have not been yielded up to the American consul, nor the other slaves to any rightful claimants, but these last have been recognised as passengers and freemen, having free ingress and egress to and from the possessions of the British crown ; and whereas, this Creole case particularly affects the property institutions of the South : therefore,

1. Be it resolved by the Legis'ature of the State of Mississippi, That it is the deliberate opinion of the State that the right of search cannot be conceded to Great Britain without a manisest servile submission, unwor. thy a free nation ; that its exercise cannot be permitted, without as well a sacrifice of national independence as a prostration of that personal lib. erty guarantied by the Constitution to every citizen of the Republic; and therefore our Government should require a complete and entire abandonment of such claim by the British authorities, henceforth and forever.

2. Resolved, That any attempt to detain and search our vessels, by British cruisers, should be held and esteemed an unjustifiable outrage on the part of the Queen's Government; and that any such outrage, which may have occurred since Lord Aberdeen's note to our envoy at the Court of St. James, of date October thirteen, eighteen hundred and forty-one, (if any,) may well be deemed, by our Government, just cause of war.

3. Resolved, That the Legislature of the State, in view of the late murderous insurrection of the slaves on board the Creole, their reception in a British port, the absolute connivance at their crimes, manifest in the protection extended to them by the British authorities, most solemnly declare their firm conviction that, if the conduct of those authorities be submitted to, compounded for by the payment of money, or in any other manner, or atoned for in any mode except by the surrender of the actual criminals to the Federal Government, and the delivery of the other identical slaves to their rightful owner or owners, or his or their agents, the slaveholding States would have most just cause to apprehend that the American flag is powerless to protect American property ; that the Fede. ral Government is not sufficiently energetic in the maintenance and preservation of their peculiar rights; and that these rights, therefore, are in imminent danger.

4. Resolved, That the restitution of the slave property, spoken of in the preceding resolve, and the surri nder of the criminals, oughi to be imperatively demanded of the British authorities; that such demand should be enforced at all bazards; and that it should never be suffered to slum. ber, nor, for a moment, be relinquished.

5. Resolved, That his Excellency, the Governor, be requested to transmit a copy of the foregoing p camble and resolutions to each of our Sena: tors and Representatives in Congress.

ROBERT W. ROBERTS, Speaker of the House of Representatives, J. SPEIGHT,

President of the Senate. Approved February 26, 1842.

T. M. TUCKER.

I, Lewis G. Gallaway, Secretary of State of the State of Mississippi, do hereby certify that the foregoing resolutions of the Legislature of the State of Mississippi, in reference to the right of search and the case of the American briu Creole, approved February 26, 1842, is a just and true copy of the original act filed in my office. Given under my hand and seal of office, this the 15th day of March, 1842.

· LEWIS G. GALLAWAY, Sec. of State.

2d Session.

MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE-POSTAGE IN NATIONAL CUR

RÉNCY-REDUCE POSTAGE, &c.

RESOLUTIONS

OF

THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI

In relation to the rates of postage.

May 10, 1842.
Referred to the Committee on Post Office, &c., and ordered to be printed.

Whereas it has been deemed the true and correct policy of all governments to encourage the home circulation of their own national currency, and as our own Government has, by repeated acts of Congress, for the increase of the number and regulation of the mints of the United States, caused to be coined large amounts in dimes and half dimes, which have displaced the Spanish coin, and now constitute the general change circulation : and whereas the present acts of Congress relative to the Post Office Department affix rates of postage in Spanish coin, in opposition to the real policy of the country, and detrimental to its interests, by causing annoyance and embarrassment to citizens of every part of the Union : Therefore,

Be it resolved by the Legislature of the State of Mississippi, That our Senators in Congress be, and they are hereby, instructed, and our Representatives requested, to use all honorable exertions to bave the rates of letter postage so changed as to be collectable only in the Federal currency, and thus dispense with the use of any foreign coin.

Be it further resolved, That it is the opinion of this body that a reduction of the rates of letter postage, and an abridgment of the franking privilege, would be conducive to the best interest of our common country, as a means of encouraging the dissemination of knowledge and of friendly intercourse between the different portions of the United States, while at the same time it would diminish but little, if any, the revenues arising from that Department of the Government.

Be it further resolved, That the Executive of this State be requested to forward a copy of the above preamble and resolutions to each of our Senators and Representatives.in Congress.

ROBERT W. ROBERTS, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

J. SPEIGHT,

President of the Senate. Approved February 22, A. D. 1842.

*T. M. TUCKER., .

I, Lewis G. Gallaway, Secretary of State of the State of Mississippi, do hereby certify that the foregoing resolutions to Congress, in relation to the rates of postage, approved February 22, 1842, are a just and true copy of the original resolutions filed in my office.

Given under my hand and seal of office this the 15th day of March, 1842.

LEWIS G. GALLAWAY,

Secretary of State.

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