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WHEREAS the Congress of the United States of America has passed resolutions providing for the annexation of Texas to that Union, which resolutions were approved by the President of the United States, on the first day of March, one thousand eight hundred and forty-five; and whereas the President of the United States has submitted to Texas the first and second sections of the said resolution, as the basis upon which Texas may be admitted as one of the states of the said Union : and whereas the existing government of the Republic of Texas has assented to the proposals thus made, the terms and conditions of which are as follows:
“ JOINT RESOLUTION for annexing Texas to the United
States. “ Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That congress doth consent that the territory properly included within, and rightly belonging to, the Republic of Texas, may be erected into a new state, to be called the State of Texas, with a republican form of government, to be adopted by the people of said republic, by deputies in convention assembled, with the consent of the existing government, in order that the same may be admitted as one of the states of the Union.
“ 2d. And be it further resolved, That the foregoing consent of congress is given upon the following conditions, and with the following guaranties, to wit:
“ I. Said state to be formed, subject to the adjustment by this government of all questions of boundary that may arise with other governments; and the constitution thereof, with the proper evi. dence of its adoption by the people of said Republic of Texas, shall be transmitted to the President of the United States, to be laid before congress, for its final action, on or before the first day of January, one thousand eight hundred and forty-six.
“ II. Said state, when admitted into this Union, after ceding to the United States all public edifices, fortifications, barracks, ports, and harbors, navy and navy-yards, docks, magazines, arms, and armaments, and all other property and means pertaining to the public defence belonging to the said Republic of Texas, shall retain all the public funds, debts, taxes, and dues of every kind, which may belong to, or be due and owing to the said republic; and shall also retain all the vacant and unappropriated lands lying within its limits, to be applied to the payment of the debts and liabilities of said Republic of Texas; and the residue of said lands, after discharging said debts and liabilities, to be disposed of as said state may direct; but in no event are said debts and liabilities to become a charge upon the government of the United States.
“ III. New states of convenient size, not exceeding four in number, in addition to said state of Texas, and having sufficient population, may hereafter, by the consent of said state, be formed out of the territory thereof, which shall be entitled to admission under the provisions of the federal constitution. And such states as may be formed out of that portion of said territory lying south of thirty-six degrees thirty minutes north latitude, commonly known as the Missouri compromise line, shall be admitted into the Union, with or without slavery, as the people of each state asking admission may desire. And in such state or states as shall be formed out of said territory north of said Missouri compromise line, slavery or involuntary servitude (except for crime) shall be prohibited.”
Now in order to manifest the assent of the people of this republic as required in the above-recited portions of the resolutions :
We, the deputies of the people of Texas in convention as. sembled, in their name and by their authority, do ordain and declare that we assent to and accept the proposals, conditions, and guaranties contained in the first and second section of the resolu. tion of the congress of the United States aforesaid.
THOS. J. RUSK, President. Attest: Jas. H. RAYMOND,
Secretary of the Convention. City of Austin, Republic of Texas, July 5th, 1845.
CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI.
MADE IN CONVENTION, AT THE CITY OF JEFFERSON,
A. D. 1845.
WE, the people of the state of Missouri, by our delegates in
Convention assembled, do ordain and establish the following CONSTITUTION :
Of Boundaries. Sec. I. We do declare, establish, ratify and confirm the following as the permanent boundaries of the state of Missouri: “ Beginning in the middle of the Mississippi river, on the parallel of thirty-six degrees of north latitude ; thence west along the said parallel of latitude to the St. François river; thence up and following the course of that river, in the middle of the main chan. nel thereof, to the parallel of latitude of thirty-six degrees and thirty minutes; thence west along the same, to a point where the said parallel is intersected by a meridian line passing through the middle of the mouth of the Kansas river, where the same empties into the Missouri river; thence from the point aforesaid, north along the said meridian line, to the middle of the main channel of the Missouri river ; thence up and following the course of said stream, in the middle of the main channel thereof, to the intersection of the parallel of latitude which passes through the rapids of the river Des Moines ; thence east from the point of intersection last aforesaid, along the said parallel of latitude, to the middle of the main channel of the main fork of the said river Des Moines; thence down along the middle of the main channel of the said