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CERTIFICATE OF MR. SECRETARY SEWARD RESPECTING THE RATIFICATION OF THE FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION, JULY 20, 1868.
William H. Seward, Secretary of State of the United States, to all to whom these presents may come, greeting:
Whereas the Congress of the United States, on or about the sixteenth of June, in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixty-six, passed a resolution which is in the words and figures following, to wit:
[See Tribune Almanac for 1867, page 447.] And whereas by the second section of the act of Congress, approved the twentieth of April, one thousand eight hundred and eighteen, entitled "An act to provide for the publication of the laws of the United States, and for other purposes," it is made the duty of the Secretary of State forthwith to cause any amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which has been adopted according to the provisions of the said Constitution, to be published in the newspapers authorized to promulgate the laws, with his certificate specifying the States by which the same may have been adopted, and that the same has become valid, to all intents and purposes, as a part of the Constitution of the United States;
And whereas neither the act just quoted from, nor any other law, expressly or by conclusive implication, authorizes the Secretary of State to determine and decide doubtful questions as to the authenticity of the organization of State legislatures, or as to the power of any State legislature to recall a previous act or resolution of ratification of any amendment proposed to the Constitution;
And whereas it appears from official documents on file in this Department that the amendment to the Constitution of the United States, proposed as aforesaid, has been ratified by the legislatures of the States of Connecticut, New Hampshire, Tennessee, New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont, New York, Ohio, Illinois, West Virginia, Kansas, Maine, Nevada, Missouri, Indiana, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Massachusetts, Nebraska, and Iowa.
And whereas it further appears from documents on file in this Department, that the amendment to the Constitution of the United States, proposed as aforesaid, has also been ratified by newly-constituted and newly-established bodies avowing themselves to be, and acting as, the legislatures, respectively, of the States of Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Alabama;
And whereas it further appears from official documents on file in this Department that the legislatures of two of the States first above enumerated, to wit: Ohio and New Jersey, have since passed resolutions respectively withdrawing the consent of each of said States to the aforesaid amendment; and whereas it is deemed a matter of doubt and uncertainty whether such resolutions are not irregular, invalid, and therefore ineffectual for withdrawing the consent of the said two States, or of either of them, to the aforesaid amendment;
And whereas the whole number of States in the United States is thirty-seven, to wit: New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Con
necticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Vermont, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Louisiana, Indiana, Mississippi, Illinois, Alabama, Maine, Missouri Arkansas, Michigan, Florida, Texas, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, California, Oregon, Kansas, West Virginia, Nevada, and Nebraska;
herein before named, whose legislatures have ratiAnd whereas the twenty-three States first fied the said proposed amendment, and the six States next thereafter named, as having ratified the said proposed amendment by newly-constituted and established legislative bodies, together
constitute three-fourths of the whole number of
States in the United States;
H. Seward, Secretary of State of the United Now, therefore, be it known, that I, William States, by virtue and in pursuance of the second section of the act of Congress, approved the twentieth of April, eighteen hundred and eighteen, hereinbefore cited, do hereby certify that if New Jersey ratifying the aforesaid amendment the resolutions of the legislatures of Ohio and are to be deemed as remaining in full force and effect, notwithstanding the subsequent resolutions of the legislatures of those States which purport to withdraw the consent of said States ment has been ratified in the manner hereinbefrom such ratification, then the aforesaid amendfore mentioned, and so has become valid, to all intents and purposes, as a part of the Constitution of the United States.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the Department of
State to be affixed.
Done at the city of Washington this 20th day of July, in the year of our Lord 1868, [SEAL.] and of the independence of the United States of America the ninety-third. WILLIAM H. SEWARD, Secretary of State.
CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF CONGRESS ON THE SAME SUBJECT, JULY 21, 1868. Whereas the legislatures of the States of Connecticut, Tennessee, New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont, West Virginia, Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Maine, Iowa, Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina, Alabama, South Carolina, and Louisiana, being three-fourths and more of the several States of the Union, have ratified the fourteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States, duly proposed by two-thirds of each House of the Thirty-ninth Congress; therefore
Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That said fourteenth article is hereby declared to be a part of the Constitution of the United States, and it shall be duly promulgated as such by the Secretary of State.
July 21.-Passed the SENATE without a count. Same day.-Passed the HOUSE-the resolution -yeas 126, nays 32; the preamble-yeas 127, nays 85.
Georgia has ratified it since, by a majority of ten in the Senate, and twenty-four in the House.
Alabama.. Arkansas... California. Connecticut Delaware.. Florida.. Georgia.. Illinois..
DEBT BEARING Six per ct. bonds... Three pr ct.certif's. Three yr.com.in.nts Three yr. 7.30 notes. Navy pens'n f'dзpc. Tot.bear'g cur'cy in. Matured, not paid...
United States notes. $356,212,473
Tot. bearing no int.
Debt bear'g coin int. $1,840,367,891
Bonds issued to Pacific
DEBT BEARING NO INTEREST.
DEBT BEARING COIN INTEREST.
...Pierce, 211. Buch'n, 52. Lincoln, over all, 67. Lincoln, 192. States marked with a star did not vote in 1864 and 1868. In 1856, Maryland gave 8 votes for Fillmore. In 1860, Missouri gave her votes for Douglas, and New Jersey gave him three of hers, making 12 in all. Lincoln's vote in 1864 is one short, in consequence of the death of one of the electors of Nevada. We put in the full number, 213.
-1864.- -1868.Rep. Dem. Rep.Dem. Linc..McCl. Grant.Seym'r.
Total in Treasury
AMOUNT IN TREASURY.
413,152,181 Native American...
Debt less cash Treas. 2,501,205,751
VARIATIONS FROM 1867.
2,601,374,164 "Foreigners" nativity
Debt bear'g coin int.$267.468.209
NATIONALITY OF THE LOYAL ARMY. The assertion often made here and in England that the army which conquered the rebellion was made up chiefly of foreigners, is refuted by Prof. B. A. Gould, whose work on statistics presents the following official statement of the $356,621,073 nationality of white soldiers in the Union army 33,875,268 from the loyal States and Territories, excluding 23,255,840 the Pacific Coast.
No. 1,523,500 53,500
Per cent. 75.48 2.65
STATEMENT OF THE EXPENDITURES OF THE UNITED STATES during the fiscal years ending June 30, 1866, 1867, and till January 1, 1868, togeth- togo er with the appropriations for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1869, and the estimates for the same year: also expenditures for 1858.
ANDREW JOHNSON, of Tennessee, President of the United States..
WILLIAM H. SEWARD, of New York, Secretary of State..............................
UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT.
SALMON P. CHASE, of Ohio, Chief Justice.
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES.
MINISTERS TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES.
ENVOYS EXTRAORDINARY AND MINISTERS PLENIPOTENTIARY.
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Argentine Republic....Buenos Ayres..
U.S. of Colombia.
Sweden and Norway.
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Henry G Worthington, Nebraska.
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