Treaty of Paris - Proclamation of Congress January 14, 1784

Proclamation of Congress respecting the Definitive Treaty.

Whereas definitive articles of peace and friendship between the United States of America and his Britannic majesty were concluded and signed at Paris on the third day of September, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-three, by the plenipotentiaries of the said United States and of his said Britannic majesty, duly and respectively authorized for that purpose; which definitive articles are in the words following: [Here follows the treaty.]

And we, the United States in Congress assembled, having seen and duly considered the definitive articles aforesaid, did, by a certain act, under the seal of the United States, bearing date this 14th day of January, 1784, approve, ratify, and confirm the same, and every part and clause thereof, engaging and promising that we would sincerely and faithfully perform and observe the sane, and never suffer them to be violated by any one, or transgressed in any manner, as far as should be in our power; and being sincerely disposed to carry the said articles into execution truly, honestly, and with good faith, according to the intent and meaning thereof, we have thought proper by these presents to notify the premises to all the good citizens of the United States, hereby requiring and enjoining all bodies of magistracy, legislative, executive, and judiciary, all persons bearing office, civil or military, of whatever ram`, degree, and powers, and all others the good citizens of these states of every vocation and condition, that, reverencing those stipulations entered into on their behalf, under the authority of that federal bond by which their existence as an independent people is bound up together, and is known and acknowledged the nations of the world, and with that good faith which is every man's surest guide, within their several offices, jurisdictions, and vocations, they carry into effect the said definitive articles, and every clause and sentence thereof, sincerely, strictly, and completely.

Given under the seal of the United States. Witness his excellent Thomas Mifflin, our President, at Annapolis, this fourteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-four, and of the sovereignty and independence of the United States of America the eighth.

Resolved, unanimously (nine States being present), That it be, and it is hereby, earnestly recommended to the legislatures of the respective states to provide for the restitution of all estates, rights, and properties which have been confiscated belonging to real British subjects; and also of the estates, rights, and properties of persons resident in districts which were in the possession of his Britannic majesty's arms at any time between the thirtieth day of November, 1782, and the 14th day of January, 1784, and who have not borne arms against the said United States; and that persons of any other description shall have free liberty to go to any part or parts of any of the thirteen United States, and therein to remain twelve months unmolested in their endeavors to obtain the restitution of such of their estates, rights, and properties as bray have been confiscated; and it is also hereby earnestly recommended to the several States to reconsider and revise all their acts or laws regarding the premises, so as to render the said laws or acts perfectly consistent, not only with justice and equity, but with that spirit of conciliation which7 on the return of the blessings of peace, should universally prevail; and it is hereby also earnestly recommended to the several States that the estates, rights, and properties of such last-mentioned persons should be restored to them, they refunding to any persons who may be now in possession the bona fide price (where any has been given) which such persons may have paid on purchasing any of the said lands, rights, or properties since the confiscation..

Ordered, That a copy of the proclamation of this date, together with the recommendation, be transmitted to the several States by the secretary.

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