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II.-APPOINTMENT OF THE AMERICAN COMMISSIONERS AND

SECRETARY.

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11.-APPOINTMENTS.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, February 20, 1871. SIR : The President having, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, appointed you to be a commissioner of the United States in a joint high commission between the United States and Great Britain, I herewith inclose your commission. You will be pleased to inform this Department of the receipt of it, and, should it be accepted, of the name of the State or county in which you were orn. I also inclose a bla form of the oath of allegiance, which, in the event of your acceptance, you will please execute and return to this Department for file. I am, sir, your obedient servant,

HAMILTON FISH. Hon. ROBERT C. SCHENCK.

The same to the Hon. E. R. Hoan, Hon. SAMUEL NELSON, Hon. GEORGE H. WILLIAMS.

I, Robert C. Schenck, having been appointed a commissioner of the United States in a joint bigh commission between the United States and Great Britain, do solemnly swear that I have never voluntarily borne arms against the United States since I have been a citizen thereof; that I have voluntarily given no aid, countenance, counsel, or encouragement to persons engaged in armed hostility thereto; that I have neither sought nor accepted, nor attempted to exercise the functions of, any office whatever under any authority or pretended authority in hostility to the United States; that I have not yielded a voluntary support to any pretended government, authority, power, or constitution, within the United States, hostile or inimical thereto. And I do further swear (or affirm) that, to the best of my knowledge and ability, I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic ; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion ; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter : so help me God. Sworn to and subscribed before me this

day of

APPOINTMENT OF SECRETARY.

EXECUTIVE MANSION,

Washington, February 14, 1871. To J. C. BANCROYT DAVIS, Esq.,

Assistant Secretary of State : You are hereby designated and directed to perform the duties of secretary of the commissioners on bebalf of the United States in the joint high commission, to meet in Washington for the consideration of the questions pending between the United States and Great Britain.

U. S. GRANT.

ACCEPTANCES OF APPOINTMENTS.

WASHINGTON, February 25, 1871. SIR: I have received the commission as commissioner of the joint high commission between the United States and Great Britain, and hereby accept the same. I was born in the county of Washington, State of New York, I herewith inclose the oath of office for your Department. I am, sir, your obedient servant,

SAMUEL NELSON. Hon. HAMILTON FISH,

Sccretary of State.

WASHINGTON, February 25, 1871. SIR: Having signified my acceptance of the appointment to the duties of commissioner in the joint high commission between the United States and Great Britain, which the President has been pleased to confer on me, I herewith inclose the oath of office and allegiance, which I have taken in the form required by law. I have also to inform you that I was born in the State of Ohio. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ROBERT C. SCHENCK. Hon. HAMILTON FISH,

Secretary of State.

WASHINGTON, March 1, 1871. SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from the Department of State of a commission from the President, appointing me " to be a commissioner of the United States in a joint high commission between the United States and Great Britain," and to inform you that I accept the same. I have taken and subscribed the requisite oath, which has been duly certified, and is inclosed herew h. I was born in Concord, in the commonwealth of Massachusetts. I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

EBENEZER R. HOAR. Hon. HAMILTON FISH,

Secretary of State.

WASHINGTON, March 4, 1871. SIR: I have the lionor to ackuowledge the receipt from you of a com. mission from the President as one of the commissioners in a joint high commission between the United States and Great Britain, and accept the appointment. I am a native of the State of New York. Yours, very truly,

GEO. H. WILLIAMS. Hon. HAMILTON FISH,

Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.

III.-INSTRUCTIONS TO THE AMERICAN COMMISSIONERS.

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