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AMERICAN PAPERS. AMERICAN PAPERS. LEGISLATURE OF MASSACHUSETTS IN SENATE, OCT. 8. The CH111 millee to whom was referred the Message of his Excellency the Governor, re- ported "That the ruinous war, declared against Great Britain has assumed an apect of great and inimediafe dar,!>ei to lilts Com (iiotnvea.'lh. The persevering invasion of Canada has at length produced,, as by natural consequence, the invasion of our Atlanlie fron tier, and river towns. A porlioll of Ibe teni. tory ol this State is already in the actual oc- cupation ot ihe enemy and the sea-coast, in an such parts as may he dee tired assailable, is openly menaced with desolatioll. To defend our soil, and to rend the tit) force or means, bearing any proporiiulI to the emer- gency, have been provided by the National Government. II was justly to have been ex peeled, hat, before hostilities were provoked frum a formidable enemy, or, at least that, al some period subsequent to their commence- ment, means of defence and protection would have tieeii afforded to a sea coast so extended, and Si; exposed to the ravages of an enemy, as that of Massachusetts. But. events forbid a reliance on any such expectation." ( The report goes on to mention, flint the principal part of the regular force of the Sill Ie had been withdrawn for the war on the Cana- dian border; that ihe Government had wasted their revenues; and left them without defence: aud then proceeds thus); — "But vliile'your Committee lliink iha! the people of this Commonwealth ought (0 unite, and that they will unite, under any circutn skuiccs, at the hazard of alt that is dear, in repelling an invading foe, it is not believed that this solemn obligation imposes silence to their just complaints upon the authors of the I national misfortunes. It ts on Hie contrary, a sacrd dllty to hold up to view, on all occa- sions, the deslruciive policy by which a state of unparalleled ualional felicity has been con verled into one ot humiliation and danger; believing thai,unless an almost ruined people will discard the men, and change the measures which have induced this stale of peril and suffering, Ihe day of their political salvation is past. 11 It should never be forgotten, that this disastrous condit-ion of public afiairs has been forced upon Massachusetts,not merely against her consent, but in üpposil ion lo her most •earnest proleslalions. From Ihe moment Ihat the administration,yielding lo its own passions and calculations of parly power, commenced lis system of commercial hosUiity to Great Britain, and of conformity to the views of the lale tyrant of France, its tendency lo involve the nation 111 the most. necdieas and cruel em- barrassments, was distinctly foreseen, and tfe- clared by former Legislatures. The insuffi- ciency ol our youthful, though flourishing commerce, to cope with that of Great Britain in a struggle ofrcstricliolls, was announced ily the united warning of those best versed in a knowledge of this subject. H was never doubted by those persons, that a war willI Great Britain would be ac., companied by an extinction of commerce; by the banishment of our sailors; the desolation ofottr coast; the blockade and invasion of our sea-porls; the failure of national credit; the necessity iif oppresssve taxes: and the consum- mation of national ruin, by an alliance with the lale Despot of Europe, from which greal est of all calamities we have been preserved only by his fall. Of all these evils were our rulers tore warned by Massachusetts, whose Vila) interests were thus put in jeopardy: and they were implored hv every consideration of poncy and humanity, to stay their hands from the cruel and wantoo sacrifice of the interests ot those, who asked from them nothing but lhe privilege ol pursuing their own industrious callings. Iiiil, Gi)veriitneiil, de-,if fo (his voice, and listening lo men distinguished in their native Stale only by their disloyalty to its inlerest, and the enjoy menl of a patronage bestowed upon them as it price,have affected to con sider tIle patriotic citizens of Ihis great. Slate, as tainted wilh dtsaffeclion It the Union and wish predilection for Great Britain, and have lavished the public treasure in vain attempts I,o (ix by evidence this odious imputation.- Thus dishonoured and deprived of all influence in the national Council, this State has been diagged into an unnatural and distressing war, and its safely, perhaps its liberties, cndan- gered. it is therefore with great concern, that your Committee are obliged t declarelheir conviction, that the Constitution of the Unit, ed States, iiitder ilie administration of the ii(!r- i sons in power, has tailed to secure to this Commonwealth, and, as they believe, to the eastern Section of the Union, those equal rights and benefits, which were the great ob. jeds of its formation, and which they cannot relinquish without ruin lo themselves and pos- terity. These grtevances justify and require vigorous, persevering, and peaceable exer- tions io unite those who realise the sufferino's and foresee the dangers of the country, in some system of measures to obtain relief, for which the ordinary mode of procnring amend inclits-to the Constitution affoids no reason- able expectation, in season to prevent the completIOn of its ruin. 1 be people, however, possess the means of certain redress and when their safety, which is the supreme law, is in question, these meaus should be promptly applied. The frameis or the Constitution made provision to amend defects which were known to he inci- dent to every human institution and the pro- vision itself was not less liable to be found defective upon experiment, than other parts of tile itistrij tiieiit. When this deficiency be- comes apparent, no reason can prcclude I he right 01 the whole peopie, who were parlies to it, to adopt another; and it is not a pre- sumptuous expectation, that a spirit of equity aud justice, enlightened by eaperieuce, would I enable them to reroncile conflicting interest", aud obviate the principal causes of those dis. ensions which unlit ovcrnmeid for a stale uf J peace and of war, and so to amend the Con. stitution, as t'> give vigour and duration to the union of the States. I Bui ns a proposition for such a conven- tioli f'roiii i siii,,Ie Slate would probably be unsuccessful, and our danger adit.iis not af ifelay, if. is recommended by She Commit Ice, that in the tiret instance a conference should he invited between those Stales, the allinity of whose interests is crosesl, and whose hahils I of intercourse, from their local situation other causes, are most frequent, fo the end that, by a comparison of their sentiments and views, some mode oi defence, suited to tho cireuinslauces and exigencies of those Stales, and measures for accelerating the relur )f public prosperity, may he devised aud also to enable the delegates Irom (hose Sia' • vit-iud they deem it expedient, t,, fot a rauical reform in the national compact, hy inviting to a future convention a deputa- tion from all the Stales in Ihe union. They therefore report the following Resolves which are submitted. —By order, (Signed) G Resolved, That the calamities of war be- ing- novo brought home lo the territory of ihia Common wealth—a portion of it he ir, in Hie occupation of the enemy. Ollr sea coas and rivers being invaded in several places, and v.xl)o,.ie(I tt) iin(iit!(Ii(ite or-tl)e of Massachusetts are impeded by Ihe duty of self defence, and by all the fe.-iings aud attachment which bind good citizens Lo their country, to unite HI the most vigorous measures for de- fending the State and expelling the invader; and no party feelings or poiiHcri! dissension can ever infer/ere with the discharge of this duty. Tii,.if persons be appointed all Delegates from the Lepsiature, to meet and t:ollfér with iJeiegates !rum the S(:es of New or any of them, upon the subjects of their public grievances and concerits, aiid upon the best means of preserving our re- sources, and of defence against the enemy t ami to devise and suggest, for adoption, by those respective States, such measures as they may deem expedient; and also to take mea- sures, if they shall think proper, for procuring a CoHveutioii of Delegates irom ali ihe United Slates, in order to revise the Constitution thereof, and more effectually lo secure the support as:d attachment of the people, by placing all upon the basis of fair lepreseutu. ti on. Resolved, Tha! a circular letter from lhi, Legislature, signed by the President of the Senate, (he Speaker of H:e House of Hepre. sentalives, he addressed to the Executive Go. vernmenl of each of the said Stales, lo be ■communicated to their Legislalme, explain- ing the objects of the proposed confeiencet and inviting inem 10 concur wi sending Dele- gates thereto." At a subsequent Sitting, it was resolved, That Ihe Delegates from the different States should assemble on the 12lh of December.

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