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Ordonnance.

(Traduction.) Nous Frédéric IV. par la Grace de Dieu, Roi de Dannemarc, de Norwege, des Vandales et Goths ; Duc de Sleswic, de Holstein, de Stormaren et de Ditmarsen; Comte d’Oldenbourg et de Delmenhorst, etc. faisons savoir par la Présente, que de notre grace speciale Nous avons trouvé à propos de faire une Ordonnance pour nos Officiers de la Douane dans le Sond, combien chacun aura à recevoir à l'avenir de chaque Vaisseau passant par le Sond; savoir :Notre Directeur de la Douane

Richsd. Pour les 4 Commis de la Douane, à un quart de richsdale chacun..

1 Richsd.

Le Frappeur du Sceau, qui doit aussi fournir le Papier

timbré pour les Passeports; et l'Huissier de la Douane,
qui lorsque les Maitres de Navires arrivent, et lors-
qu'il survient de devoir executer quelque autre chose
de notre part, l'annonce et fait savoir, jouissent en.
semble ct pour le Papier timbré, en tout ....

į Richsd. Selon quoi tous ceux que cela regarde auront à se regler exactement, et à se donner de garde de ne pas prendre d'une ou d'autre manière plus qu'il n'est marqué ci dessus; et cette Présente sera affichée dans le Bureau de la Douane pour l'instruction de chacun.

(DECLARATION)

(Traduction.) Comme on a très-humblement représenté à Sa Majesté le Roi de Daonemarc et de Norwege, etc., comme quoi les Maîtres de Navires et Bossemans (ou Contre-Maîtres) passant le Sond, avec des Vaisseaux Hollandois, ont joui jusqu'à présent par sa grace Royale d'un certain tantum pour cent dans le payement du Péage pour chaque Vaisseau et pour sa Charge sous le nom d'Equipage et Agreils du Bosseman, Sa Majesté a bien voulu par grace speciale déclarer et ordonner, comme Elle déclare et ordonne par la présente, que lesdits Maîtres et Bossemans des Vaisseaux Hollandois passant par le Sond jouiront de la même grace, et faveur, encore et aussi long-tems que durera le Traité de Péage conclu le 15 de Juin, 1701, entre Sa Majesté et les Seigneurs Etats Généraux des Provinces. Unies, et que cette Déclaration de Sa Majesté aura la mêine force et vigueur que si elle étoit insérée dans ledit Traité de Péage.

MESSAGE from the President of The United States to

Congress, communicating a Report of the Strength of the Army of The United States; its Distribution among the several Military Posts; and its Competency to defend the several Fortifications, &c.— 22nd December, 1817.

In compliance with a Resolution of the House of Representatives, of the 11th of this month, requesting to be informed of the present strength of the Army of The United States, its distribution among the several Military Posts which it is designed to protect, and its competency to preserve and defend the Fortifications amongst which it is distributed, and to aid in constructing such other Military Works, if any, as it may be deemed proper to erect, for the more effectual security of The United States, and of the Territories thereof; I now transmit a Report from the Secretary of War, which contains the information desired. 22nd December, 1817.

JAMES MONROE.

Report of the Secretary at War. In compliance with the Resolution of the House of Representatives, requesting the President of The United States, “to cause to be laid before the House of Representatives, a Return of the present strength of the Army of The United States, with the distribution thereof among the several Military Posts, which it is designed to protect, together with any information which he may be able to afford respecting the competency of such Force, to preserve and defend the Fortifications amongst which it is distributed, and to aid in constructing and to defend such other Military Works, if any, as it may be in the contemplation of the Government to erect, for the more effectual security of The United States, and of the several Territories thereof;" the Secretary of War has the honor to make a Return of the present strength of the Army of The United States, with the distribution thereof

among the several Military Posts. The Military Establishment, as it now stands, is sufficiently extensive to keep the Fortifications in a state of preservation; but is wholly inadequate to defend them against a regular attack by a Force of sufficient strength and skill. To garrison the Forts on the Maritime Frontier alone, would require, according to the best information and estimates of this Department, more than thrice our present number, to repel the assaults of such a Force. The portion of the Army, stationed in the neighborhood of Fortifications now erecting, are employed to aid in constructing them; but only an inconsiderable number has yet been so engaged, owing to its dispersed situation. Though not immediately comprehended in the Resolution of the House, it is but justice to the Army to observe that it has been employed, to a considerable extent the last year, in the construction of Roads, Arsenals, and other Public Works connected with the defence of the Country.

The existing Fortifications are thought to be wholly insufficient in the event of a future War. As the Declaration of War is the Act of of the whole Community, justice, honor and humanity require that every portion of the Country should, as far as possible, be protected against its ravages. This is among the most sacred duties of the Government; and, impressed with its importance, a Board of the most skilful Officers in our Service, has been constituted to examine the whole Line of our Frontier, and to determine on the position and extent of Works that may be necessary to the defence of the Country. This great work is not yet completed; and in its present state, it is impossible to speak with any precision as to the extent to which our Fortifications ought to be carried. The Soldiers will be able to render important aid in constructing the works that may be determined on; but from the composition of the Army, they can only come in aid of regular and professed Workmen.

J. C. CALHOUN.

(A.)-Distribution of the Army of The United States, showing the

strength of Posts and Garrisons. Division of the North.—Major General Jacob Brown.

Department.

Fortification, Cantonment, or Post.

Corps.

Aggre

gate strength

No. I.

Cantonment near Plattsburg, New York 6th Reg. Infantry,
Fort Pike, Sackett's Harbour,

do.

Corps of Artillery
Cantonment,

do.

do. 2d Reg. Infantry Cantonment, Greenbush, do.

do. Fort Niagara,

do.

do. Ditto,

do. Corps of Artillery Arsenal near Troy,

do.

Ordnance
Arsenal, Rome,

do.

428 101 460 71 87 92 30 17

do.

No. 2.

Fort George, Castine, Maine

Light Artillery
Fort Preble, Portland, do.

Corps of Artillery
Fort Constitution, Portsmouth, N. H.

do.
Fort Sewall, Marblehead, Massachusetts Light Artillery
Fort Independence, Boston, do.

do.
Fort Warren, Boston,

do.

do. Fort Wollcott, Newport, Rhode Island

do. Fort Adams, Newport,

do.

do. Fort Trumbull, New London, Connecticut

do. · Arsenal, Charlestown, Massachusetts

Ordnance

60 118 236

76 290 51 65 53 73 49

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(A. continued.)-Distribution of the Army of The United States.

Division of the South.—Major-General Andrew Jackson.

Department.

Fortification, Cantonment, or Post,

Corps.

Aggre

gate strength

No. 6.

Fort Nelson, Norfolk, Virginia

Corps of Artillery.
Fort Norfolk, do. do.

do.
Craney Island do. do.

do.
Fort Johnston, Smithville, North Carolina do.
Arsenal, Richmond, Virginia

Ordnance
Do. Washington City

do.

64 50 43 67 34 42

No. 7.

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Fort Moultrie, Charleston, South Carolina Corps of Artillery
Fort Johnson, do.

do.

do. Tybee Barracks, Savannah, Georgia

do. Encampment, Point Petre, do.

do.
Fort Scott,

do.
do.

do.
Arsenal, Charleston, South Carolina

Ordnance

83 42 1

No. 8.

350 421

97 52 28 79

Cantonment, Montpelier, 9 miles from
Fort Montgomery

4th Regt. Infantry
Fort Montgomery, on the Alabama River 7th Regt. Infantry
Fort Crawford, 45 miles from Fort Mont-
gomery

do.
Fort Charlotte, Mobile

Corps of Artillery
Fort Bowyer, Mobile Point

do.
Fort St. Philip, Placquemine

do.
Petite Coquille, outlet of Lake Ponchar-
train

do.
New Orleans, Louisiana

1st Regt. Infantry Natchitoches, do.

1&8 Regts. Infant. Covington, do.

1st Regiment do. Passa Christiana

Corps of Artillery do.

1&8 Regts. Infant. Baton Rouge

1st Regiment do. Fort Hampton, Mississippi

8th Regiment do. Arsenal, New Orleans

Ordnance

69 63 182 124

51 281 217 67 3

No. 9.

Fort Osage, Missouri River
Fort Clark, Illinois River
Belle Fontaine, Missouri Territory
Fort Edwards, Illinois do.
Fort Armstrong, Rock Island -
Fort Crawford, Prairie du Chien
Arsenal, Newport, Kentucky

do. Belle Fontaine

8th Regt. Infant.

do.
Rifle Regiment

do.
do.

do.
Ordnance

do.

49 30 159

64 132 218 22 3

Total. Division of the South. 3,261 Note. Although more than 3,000 men have been recruited in the present year, the number has not equalled the discharges, as the term of all the War Soldiers enlisted previous to 1813 has expired. The difference of the Returns by Regiments and Corps, and the Returns by Posts and Garrisons, may be accounted for, by the former including all Officers and Privates, whether present or absent.

Since the date of the above Returns, the 4th and 7th Regiments of Infantry, and several Companies of Artillery have been temporarily assigned to the Frontiers of Georgia. Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, 1st December, 1817.

D. PARKER, Adjutant and Inspector General.

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