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Collection Reference Number GLC00267.131
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1849 
Title Report of the Committee on the Judiciary with the views of the minority of that committee on bill S. 350, for the admission of California into the Union as a state
Date 15 January 1849
Author United States. Congress. House.  
Additional authors Downs, Solomon Weathersbee (1801-1854) Berrien, John MacPherson (1781-1856)
Document Type Pamphlet; Government document
Content Description Two reports against the case for admitting California to the Union, dealing with states' rights and federal jurisdiction. Berrien feels that the territory acquired in the treaty with Mexico is too large for a single state, and ponders the inevitable problems that would arise. Resolves that a territorial government be established for the part of California west of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and for the territory of New Mexico west of the western boundary of Texas. Downs is concerned with the administration of California. Calls for a convention to draw up laws, and resolves that a district judge, attorney, and marshal will be appointed as overseers.
Subjects Treaty  Mexican War  Latin and South America  Global History and Civics  Westward Expansion  US Constitution  Law  Government and Civics  Congress  
People Berrien, John MacPherson (1781-1856)  Downs, Solomon Weathersbee (1801-1854)  
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme Government & Politics; Westward Expansion; Foreign Affairs; The Mexican War; Law
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859