Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To the Senate and House of Representatives [1]

January 7, 1865

To the Senate and House of Representatives.

I transmit to Congress a copy of two Treaties between the United States and Belgium, for the extinguishment of the Scheldt dues, &c,Page  204 concluded on the 20th of May, 1863, and 20th of July, 1863, respectively, the ratifications of which were exchanged at Brussels on the 24th of June last, and I recommend an appropriation to carry into effect the provisions thereof relative to the payment of the proportion of the United States towards the capitalization of the said dues. ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Washington, January 7th 1865.


[1]   DS, DNA RG 46, Senate 38A F2. The treaties transmitted are printed in House Executive Document No. 19. The appropriations act approved on March 2, 1865, appropriated $55,584 and interest for the first installment due under the treaties.