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• Franklin Pierce
Special Message
December 16, 1854

To the House of Representatives:

I transmit a report from the Secretary of State, with accompanying papers, ++ in answer to the resolution of the House of Representatives of the 27th of July last.


++ Relating to the case of Walter M. Gibson, held in duress by the Dutch authorities at Batavia, island of Java, on a charge of having attempted to excite the native chiefs of Sumatra to throw off their allegiance to the Dutch Government.

Citation: Franklin Pierce: "Special Message", December 16, 1854. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project.
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