BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. A PROCLAMATION.
Whereas the Congress of the United
States, by virtue of the constitutional authority vested in them, have
declared by their act, bearing date this day, that, "by the act of the
Republic of Mexico, a state of war exists between that Government and
the United States:"
Now, therefore, I, JAMES K. POLK,
President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the same
to all whom it may concern ; and I do specially enjoin on all persons
holding offices, civil or military, under the authority of the United
States, that they be vigilant and zealous in discharging the duties
respectively incident thereto : and I do moreover exhort all the good
people of the United States, as they love their country, as they feel
the wrongs which have forced them on the last resort of injured nations,
and as they consult the best means, under the blessing of Divine
Providence, of abridging its calamities, that they exert themselves in
preserving order, in promoting concord, in maintaining the authority and
the efficacy of the laws, and in supporting and invigorating all the
measures which may be adopted by the constituted authorities for
obtaining a speedy, a just, and an honorable peace.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set
my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed to these
presents. Done at the City of Washington the thirteenth day [L. S.] of
May, one thousand eight hundred and forty-six, and of the independence
United States the seventieth.
JAMES K. POLK.
By the President :
Secretary of State.