of January, A. D. one thousand eight hundred and forty-nine, by virtue of an order from the President, promulgated by the Secretary of War in an order dated fifth of August, one thousand eight hundred and forty-eight, to be by the sub-agent delivered to the chiefs of the Seminoles, who were to decide the right of property in and to said slaves; and that this was done by a decree of the general council of the fifteenth day of May, one thousand eight hundred and forty-nine, by which decree all the slaves and their increase, having formerly belonged to King Payne, were decided to belong to and to be under the control of Micco Nut-cha-sa or Jem Jumper, the principal chief of the nation;
And it being also alleged by the Seminoles that the claims of the various owners of said slaves, so dispossessed of their property and deprived of the use of the same for three years or more, were made out before and filed with Marcellus Du Val, the sub-agent for the Seminoles, prior to the fifth of September, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-four;
And it being alleged by them that fifty of said negroes belonged to Car-pit-cha Micco, now deceased; seven to Chilto, forty to Nelly Factor, and thirty to Eliza Chopco, daughter of Billy Bowlegs;
And it being also alleged by the Seminoles that they could never obtain any consideration or hearing of or for these claims from the Government of the United States, not even at the time of making the treaty of the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-six, on account of the determination of Northern members of the Cabinet and of Congress not to admit any right of property in slaves or pay any claim on account of the seizure or detention of slaves, even to foreign governments;
And the said negroes being alleged to have been illegally seized and detained without warrant of law of law of color of right, of war, or otherwise:
Therefore, it is hereby further agreed by and on the part of the Confederate States that the said claims shall, at the earliest convenient season, be examined and investigated by the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, who shall do so under the direction of the Secretary of War, and subject to an appeal to him, and from him to the President, in such manner as shall be just and liberal under the circumstances and after such lapse of time, and shall adjudicate the same upon such principles as shall be just and equitable; and if it be upon such investigation ascertained and determined that the slaves in question were illegally detained, then the Confederate States will pay to the several or their heirs within a reasonable time such amounts of money as shall be determined to have been justly and equitably due to the said several owners for the loss of service of said slaves during such times as they shall be found to have been so detained, according to the current value of such service in the Seminole country at the time.
ART. XL. Whereas, during the war between the United States and the Seminoles, in Florida, in the years from one thousand eight hundred and sixty-six to one thousand eight hundred and forty----, inclusive, the United States military authorities in Florida compelled July and Murray, two slaves of Sally Factor, now deceased, to serve as interpreters, and retained them in such service and had them in possession for the space of nearly or quite four years until both of them were killed-one by a soldier of the United States and the other by the hostile Seminoles-whereby the owner lost both and their