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PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES,
TWO HOUSES OF CONGRESS,
COMMENCEMENT OF THE FIRST SESSION
DECEMBER 5th, 1815.
PRINTED BY WILLIAM A. DAVIS.
In Senate of the United States, December 5th, 1815.
The following written Message was received from the President of the United States, by Mr. Todd, his Secretary :
Fellow-Citizens of the Senate
and of the House of Representatives:
I have the satisfaction, on our present meeting, of being able to communicate to you the successful termination of the war which had been commenced against the United States by the regency of Algiers. The squadron in advance on that service, under commodore Decatur, lost not a moment after its arrival in the Mediterranean, in seeking the naval force of the enemy then cruising in that sea, and succeeded in capturing two of his ships, one of them the principal ship, commanded by the Algerine admiral. The high character of the American commander was brilliantly sustained on the occasion, which brought his own ship into close action with that of his adversary, as was the accustomed gallantry of all the officers and men actually engaged. Having prepared the way by this demonstration of American skill and prowess, he hastened to the port of Algiers, where peace was promptly yielded to his victorious force. In the terms stipulated, the rights and honour of the United States were particularly consulted, by a perpetual relinquishment, on the part of the dey, of all pretensions to tribute from them. The im