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Resolution by the North Carolina General Assembly concerning access to and navigation of the Mississippi River
North Carolina. General Assembly
December 21, 1788
Volume 21, Pages 509-510

State of North Carolina,
In General Assembly, 21st Dec., 1788.

Resolved unanimously, That the Citizens of this State and the United States have a full & indisputable Claim to the Navigation of the River Mississippi as well by the clear & express stipulations of Treaties as by the Great Law of Nature.

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Resolved, That the Delegates of this State be instructed to move in Congress for a full & explicit declaration that the right the United States and each of them to the Navigation of the Mississippi is absolutely & unalienable; in order that the apprehensions and fears of our fellow Citizens on that Subject be entirely removed.

The above is a true copy from the printed Journals of the House of Commons Concurred with by the Senate.