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mto effect the said Convention with the King of Denmark: Be it therefore enacted by the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the game, as follows:

I. It shall be lawful for the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury to direct and cause to be issued and paid out of the Consolidated Fund of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland the sum of 1,125,206 pounds, at the time and in manner provided by the said Convention for such payment, and conformably to Her ilajerty's engagement in this behalf.

ACT of the British Parliament, "to explain an Act for the Settlement of the Boundaries between the Provinces of Canada and New Brunswick."

[20 & 21 Vict. cap. 34.] [August 10,1857.]

Whereas by an Act passed in the 15th year of the reign of Her Majesty [cap. 63],* intituled " An Act for the Settlement of the Boundaries of the Provinces of Canada and New Brunswick," it is provided that New Brunswick shall be bounded as is mentioned in a certain award made by Stephen Lushington, Judge of the Admiralty Court, and Travers Twiss, Doctor of Laws, which award, as recited inftesaid Act, declares (among other things) that New Brunswick shall be bounded from a meridional line therein described along the ttth parallel of latitude " to the Mistouche River, and thence down the centre of that stream to the Bestigouche, the Islands in the said Eiver Mistouche and Bestigouche to the mouth of the latter river at Dalhouaie being given to New Brunswick:" and whereas certain doubts have arisen respecting the true meaning of the said award in the parts above recited: be it therefore enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same:

L That the river named in the said award the " River Mistouche" ball be taken to be the stream which crosses the 48th parallel of tatitude, and from thence flows into the Restigouche, and which stream is otherwise called the " Patapedia."

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ACT of the British Parliament, "to repeal the Twenty-seventh Section of the Superannuation Act, 1834."

[20 & 21 Vict. cap. 37.] {August 17, 1857.]

Whereas an Act was passed in the 4th and 5th years of the reign of His late Majesty [cap. 24],* intituled "An Act to alter, amend, and consolidate the Laws for regulating the Pensions, Compensations, and Allowances to be mnde to Persons in respect of their having held Civil Offices in His Majesty's Service:" and whereas it is expedient to enforce the provisions of the said Act so far as relates to the abatement to be made under the 27th section of the said recited Act from the salaries of those civil servants of the Crown who have taken office since the 4th day of August, 1820: be it therefore enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

I. The said 27th section of the said recited Act shall be and the same is hereby repealed from and after the 30th day of June, 1857.

ACT of the British Parliament, "to confirm an Order in Council concerning the Exercise of Jurisdiction in Matters arising within the Kingdom of Siam."

[20 & 21 Vict. cap. 75.] [August 25, 1857.]

Whereas by an Act passed in the session holden in the 6th and 7th years of Her Majesty, chapter 94f, "to remove doubts as to the exercise of power and jurisdiction by Her Majesty within divers countries and places out of Her Majesty's dominions, and to render the same more effectual," it was enacted that it should be lawful for Her Majesty to hold, exercise, and enjoy any power or jurisdiction which Her Majesty then had or might at any time thereafter have within any country or place out of Her Majesty's dominions, in the same and as ample a manner as if Her Majesty had acquired such power or jurisdiction by the cession or conquest of territory: And whereas, to make provision for the due exercise of the jurisdiction possessed by Her Majesty in the dominions of the Kings of Siam, Her Majesty, by an Order in Council, dated the 28th day of July, 1856,J and expressed to be made in pursuance of the above-recited

* Vol. XXIII. Page 1217.
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Act, vested certain powers and authoritiea in Her Majesty's Consul appointed to reside in the Kingdom of Siam for the peace, order, and good government of Her Majesty's subjects being within the dominions of the Kings of Siam, and particularly authority to hear and determine any suits of a civil nature arising in those dominions between a British subject and a subject of the Kings of Siam or a subject or citizen of a foreign State in amity with Her Majesty, or between British subjects, subject to an appeal, expressed to be given by the said Order, to the Supreme Court in Her Majesty's possession of Singapore, and also authority to try British subjects charged with having committed crimes or offences within the dominions of the Kings of Siam, and power also to cause any British subject charged with the commission of any crime or offence, the cognizance 'hereof might appertain to such Consul, to be sent to Her Majesty's possession of Singapore for trial before the Supreme Court of the said possession; and in the said Order in Council are contained provisions in relation to the trial by the said Supreme Court of the British subjects so sent for trial, and also for the exercise by the said Supreme Court, concurrently with Her Majesty's Consul in Siam, of authority and jurisdiction in regard to all suits of a civil nature between British subjects arising within the dominions of the Kings of Siam: And whereas doubts have arisen whether all the jurisdiction intended to be vested by the said Order in Council in 'he Supreme Court of Singapore can be effectually vested in the said Court without the authority of Parliament, and it is expedient that the said Order should be confirmed as hereinafter mentioned: Be it enacted by the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty, by and with 'he advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

1. The said Order in Council is hereby confirmed, and shall have the same force and effect as if every Article and provision therein had been enacted by the authority of Parliament: Provided always, that it shall and may be lawful for Her Majesty, by Order in Council, at any time hereafter to amend, alter, or vary the said Order in Council, and from time to time by any fresh Order or Orders in Council to make such other rules and regulations touching 'lie administration of justice by the said Supreme Court at Singapore, under the said recited Order, as to Her Majesty in Council 'hall seem right.

MESSAGE of the President of Liberia, on the Opening of the Legislature.Monrovia, December 3, 1856.

Gentlemen or The Senate And

House Of Repbesentatives,

Government House, Monrovia, December 3, 1856.

The period having arrived at which the law of the Republic makes it my duty to meet you, it affords me great pleasure to do so, for the purpose of making representation to your honourable department, of the foreign and domestic affairs of this Republic, as also of recommending such public measures, as 1 have deemed expedient under existing circumstances.

"We have great cause to feel profoundly grateful to the Father of all our mercies for his preserving care and direction of us and our public affairs through the course of another year, which has been marked by difficulties and dangers of no ordinary nature.

The ushering in of my administrative term was a juncture fraught with many disadvantages and discouragements. About six weeks previously, at a time when this Government, and especially that country, were illy prepared for such an event, a most distressing civil war had broken out between the Americo-Liberians of Sinoe County, and the aboriginal tribes, known as the Grand and Little Butaw, the Sinoe and the Blue Barree tribes inhabiting said county; which, for some time, threatened the extinction of our settlements in that section of this Republic. Three of the interior settlements had been abandoned, and two others, partly destroyed by the flames of the enemy, were but feebly occupied as outer stations. The crops were nearly all destroyed; all inland communication, and consequently such supplies as the country usually afforded, were cut off; thus suddenly rendering four-fifths of the Americo-Liberians in that interesting county entirely dependent on charity for food and raiment, at a time when foreign and domestic provisions were more than 50 per cent, higher than usual; so that the extinction of the settlements in that interesting county by war and its concomitants seemed inevitable, and was pretty generally apprehended.

But we have great cause to feel grateful that Divine Providence has mercifully dispelled during the year most of the clouds that presented such a portentous aspect, and has measurably caused a genial and encouraging sunshine of security, prosperity, independence and contentedness to ensue.

The military campaign authorized and requested by you at the last session to be put on foot for the purpose of chastising the aggressive tribes of Sinoe county, and for the protection of our settlements there, has been faithfully and effectually prosecuted coder the able command of General John N. Lewis. The 1st Regiment (Colonel Payne) sailed from this port on the 26th of January, Mid the 2nd Eegiment (Colonel J. D. Washington), from Grand Basaa, on the 24th of the same month, for Sinoe, where they were joined by the 3rd Eegiment (Colonel S. Dickerson), and took up the line of march on the 3l8t, to operate against the Grand and Little Butaw, the Sinoe and Blue Barree tribes, and by the 23rd of February, had inflicted such a chastisement as was necessary to carry out the object contemplated by the Act; and on the 26th February embarked for home, having sustained very little numerical loss. In the prosecution of that campaign (which, properly speaking, was but the suppression of an insurrection of heathens) the policy was to adhere as closely as possible to that humane principle in international law which enjoins, "to the enemy as little harm and as much good in time of war as may, under existing circumstances, accord with a sound discretion."

Considering, Gentlemen, the relation we sustain to aboriginal Liberia, our great duties, responsibilities, and brilliant hopes with respect to their future social, political, and religious welfare, it was generally regretted that measures so revolting to our feelings had to be resorted to for our own as well as their safety aud benefit.

The great pressure of business consequent upon the incipieney if my administrative term, prevented my revisiting Sinoe after the return of the troops, until the 11th of June, when I was happy to find that Judge Murray, associated with Commissioners, had, on the 9th, two days previously, concluded a satisfactory peace in Greenville with the Grand and Little Butaw tribes; and during my stay there I succeeded on terms mutually satisfactory, in negotiating peace with the Blue Barree and Sinoe Chiefs, who met me in the court house at Greenville for that purpose. Copies of the terms of peace will be duly laid before the Honourable the Senate, in which it will appear that reasonable indemnities were exacted of them; reparations sufficiently stringent, when taken in connection with the chastisement they had already received, to cause them to reflect seriously in the future before perpetrating similar aggressions; and from their general expressions of regret, exhibitions of humility, and solemn promises of future good behaviour and loyalty, I cannot doubt, if a judicious course is observed by the Americo-Liberians, that that county will rest from war at least a score of years, if not perpetually. In order, however, to contribute to the perpetuation of peace, I advise that provision be made, so soon as our pecuniary circumstances will allow, for putting the settlements there, as well as elsewhere within the Republic, in a state of defence.

A great number of our fellow-citizens inhabiting that county hare long since returned to their deserted villages and homes with

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