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Wilmot Proviso

Provided, territory from that, as an express and fundamental condition to the acquisition of any the Republic of Mexico by the United States, by virtue of any treaty which may be negotiated between them, and to the use by the Executive of the moneys herein appropriated, neither slavery nor involuntary servitude shall ever exist in any part of said territory, except for crime, whereof the party shall first be duly convicted. Note: This bill appeared before the House of Representatives numerous times and was passed both in 1846 and 1847. However, it never passed the U.S. Senate.

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