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Upon his excellency the governor, to acquaint him that ^ quorum of the two houf s had Jifleinbled, and were ready- to receive any.communications he might be pleafed to make to them ; reported, that the committee had perforined that fervice, 3od that he iignifisd to dieiii that he would this day, communicate to them by m-^fl'ige.
The oovernor,by his fpecial meHe?ger,made his commu¬ nication to this houfe, which was read as follows:
To the General Affembly of tie State of Ohio.o
C^iilUvien oj the S-iuate, and of ths Hoii/e of Ri^reftintaUvQS.
, , E have met together to confider the fituatio/i of our J poliiical fociery, under circuniftanceg 4:he i^oft aufpicious, both as it refptds our exterior anxi interior relations, and fufFicicnt to excite in -all our hearts the moft fmcere eftuw fions of gratitude to that Being, in whofe lands are the deftinies of Nations and of Mati.
Ac the clofe of the laffc felTioa of the gener;'; aflfenibly oar fellow citizens were anxioufly concerned at he prolyl bition ot an invaluable acquired right, which vysunjuflly J withheld by the officers of the Spanifh governm^t at the J jiort of New Orleans, and which threatened to Annihilate the commerce and becloud the bell profpedts of tls and the neighbouring^ weftern llaies ; yet anxioully conerned as they were, and confcious of the great inj.ury the labored under, they fu(lain«d it with a fortitude and prudence which has done them honor—wifely confiding in he gene¬ ral goverrment, to whom alone it belonged to ave the evil remedied, and to provide againll liij;ilar eveij in fuw ture, and herein we have an additional iijducementor that confi lence which the legiilature exprefled at their la f ffioa in the executive of the United States, and in the iialures which were purfuing to accomplifli thofeobjed:', an which
have fuccecded beyon^l our moft fanguine exped:a>ns. ^
'The right of depofuing the produce for exportatiorof all that excenfive, fertile country, whofe waters arc trutary on the Milfiflippi, either at New Orleans or any wh^ elfe on the banks of the river, near its month, although srreac objetfl, yet would have been held at beft but by a ps^ri^ ous tenure, vrhilft both fides were fubjeifl to a foreio go vcrniiient j but by a wife and magnanimous policy,5»ar, j ever to.be dtprecated, with all its incoaceivable atcadaac]