[Americana]. REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE TO WHOM WAS REFERRED ON THE 21ST OF FEBRUARY LAST, THE PETITION OF SUNDRY INHABITANTS OF MOUNT-PLEASANT IN THE STATE OF NEW-YORK. 11TH MARCH 1800. COMMITTED TO A COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON MONDAY NEXT. [Philadelphia: 1800]. 4pp, disbound, Very Good. Petitioners had entered the United States before the 1798 Alien Act, allowing naturalization after 14 years' residency; they claimed citizenship under the Act of 1795, which required only 5 years' residency. However, failing "to make the declaration required" by the 1795 Act, they were obliged to qualify under the Act of 1798. The Committee rejects their petition seeking relief from the Alien Act's more onerous requirement: "They believe the law of June 1798 to be founded on fair and just principles, and that a probation of fourteen years is not generally more than sufficient to conciliate the feelings of aliens to the manners, laws and government of a country into which they remove as strangers." See Evans 38872 for the identical item, except that the date in the title is 14th March 1800. FIRST EDITION. Evans 38871

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