speech of hon charles sumner of massachusetts on the cession of russian america to the united states

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Página 10 - In consideration of the cession aforesaid, the United States agree to pay at the Treasury in Washington, within ten months after the exchange of the ratifications of this convention, to the diplomatic representative or other agent of His Majesty the Emperor of all the Russias, duly authorized to receive the same, seven million two hundred thousand dollars in gold.
Página 31 - Eternal anarchy, amidst the noise Of endless wars, and by confusion stand : For hot, cold, moist and dry, four champions fierce, Strive here for mastery...
Página 10 - The cession of territory and dominion herein made is hereby declared to be free and unincumbered by any reservations, privileges, franchises, grants, or possessions, by any associated companies, whether corporate or incorporate, Russian or any other, or by any parties, except merely private individual property-holders...
Página 10 - I His Majesty the Emperor of all the Russias agrees to cede to the United States, by this convention, immediately upon the exchange of the ratifications thereof, all the territory and dominion now possessed by his said Majesty on the continent of America, and in the adjacent islands, the same being contained within the geographical limits herein set forth...
Página 16 - There is no territorial aggrandizement which is worth the price of blood. Only under peculiar circumstances can it become the subject of pecuniary contract. Our triumph should be by growth and organic expansion in obedience to "preestablished harmony," recognizing always the will of those who are to become our fellow-citizens.
Página 20 - The establishment consisted of five houses after the Russian fashion; barracks laid out on either side somewhat like the boxes at a coffee-house, with different offices which are represented as follows: "An office of appeal to settle disputes, levy fines, and punish offenders by a regular trial: here Delareff presides, and I believe that few courts of justice pass a sentence with more impartiality; an office of receival and delivery, both for the company and for tribute; the commissary's department;...
Página 11 - January, 1869. Meanwhile, during this brief period, it will be easy by Act of Congress in advance to limit importations at Sitka, so that this "free port" shall not be made the channel or doorway by which British goods may be introduced into the United States free of duty. GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS ON THE TREATY. From this survey of the Treaty, as seen in its origin and the questions under it...
Página 8 - I have heard that it was as long ago as the Administration of Mr. Polk. It is within my knowledge that the Russian Government was sounded on the subject during the Administration of Mr. Buchanan. This was done through Mr. Gwin, at the time Senator of California, and Mr. Appleton, Assistant Secretary of State. For this purpose the former had more than one interview with the Russian minister at Washington, some time in December, 1859, in which, while professing to speak for the President unofficially,...
Página 10 - ... by any reservations, privileges, franchises, grants, or possessions, by any associated companies, whether corporate or Incorporate, Russian or any other, or by any parties, except merely private Individual property holders; and the cession hereby made, conveys all the rights, franchises, and privileges now belonging to Russia in the said territory or dominion, and appurtenances thereto.
Página 17 - Looks from his throne of clouds o'er half the world ! Now far he sweeps, where scarce a summer smiles, On Behring's rocks, or Greenland's naked isles : Cold on...

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