A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents
And may that Being who is supreme over all, the Patron of Order, the Fountain of Justice, and the Protector in all ages of the world of virtuous liberty, continue His blessing upon this nation and its Government and give it all possible success and duration consistent with the ends of His providence.
March 4, 1797.
[From Annals of Congress, Fifth Congress, Vol. I, 49.]
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Whereas the Constitution of the United States of America provides that the President may, on extraordinary occasions, convene both Houses of Congress; and
Whereas an extraordinary occasion exist