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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Happy Birthday, Jay Treaty!


220 years ago on this day, June 24, 1795, the U.S. Senate consented to the Jay Treaty. The resolution passed by 20-10, the exact two-thirds vote required under the Constitution.

A copy of the resolution announcing the Senate's approval of the Jay Treaty:



The language of the resolution follows:

Resolved, (two-thirds of the Senate concurring therein,) That they do consent to, and advise the President of the United States, to ratify the treaty of amity, commerce, and navigation, between his Britannic Majesty and the United States of America, concluded at London, the 19th day of November, 1794, on condition that there be added to the said treaty an article, whereby it shall be agreed to suspend the operation of so much of the 12th article, as respects the trade which his said Majesty thereby consents may be carried on, between the United States and his islands in the West Indies, in the manner, and on the terms and conditions therein specified.

And the Senate recommend to the President to proceed, without delay, to further friendly negotiations with his Majesty, on the subject of the said trade, and of the terms and conditions in question.




Photo Source: George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress, 1741-1799: Series 2 Letterbooks (Senate, June 24, 1795, Jay's Treaty, Letterbook 27, Image 52-53 of 227)

Please see also: Library of Congress, Primary Documents in American History: Jay's Treaty, http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/jay.html.