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(ACT of March 3d, 1815.) citizens' claims) a sum not exceeding in the whole three hundred and fifty thousand dollars,

To the persons claiming in the name of, or under, the Tennessee Company, under the foregoing terms and restrictions, a sum not exceeding in the whole six hundred thousand dollars.

To the persons claiming in the name of, or under, the Georgia Mississippi Company, under the like terms and restrictions, a sum not exceeding in the whole one million five hundred and fifty thousand dollars.

To the persons claiming in the name of, or under, the Georgia Company, under the like terms and restrictions, a sum not exceeding in the whole two millions two hundred and fifty thousand dollars.

To the persons claiming under citizens' rights, including such share or shares as have already accrued to the United States, by operation of law, or by the provisions of this act, and to which the United States are to be considered entitled to the respective proportions for the same, a sum not exceeding in the whole two hundred and fifty thousand dollars, &c.

4. Sec. iv, The said certificates of stock shall be receivable in payment of the public lands, to be sold, after the date of such cere tificates, in the Mississippi territory: Provided, That on every hundred dollars to be paid for such land, ninety-five dollars shall be receivable in said certificates, and five dollars in cash: Provided, That no person or persons making payment for lands in certificates authorised to be issued by this act, shall be entitled to the discount for prompt payment now allowed by law to purchasers of public lands.

5. Sec. IX. If any person or persons, claiming lands under the aforesaid act, or pretended act, of the state of Georgia, passed January seventh, seventeen hundred and ninety-five, shall neglect or refuse to compromise and make settlement of all such claim or claims, in conformity with the provisions of this act, the United States shall be, and hereby are declared to be, exonerated and discharged from all such claim or claims, and the same shall be forever barred; and no evidence of any such claim or claims shall be admitted to be pleaded, or allowed to be given, in evidence in any court whatever against any grant derived from the United States.

ACT of January 23, 1815. 4 Bioren, 776. 6. Sec, 1. [The president is authorised to appoint three persons to be commissioners instead of the secretary of state, &c.]

Sec, 11. [Further time allowed, &c.]

ACT of March 3, 1815, 4 Bioren, 843. [Gives further time to the claimants, and additional powers to the commissioners.]

ACT of April 1816. Pamphlet edit. 68. [Time extended for filing claims until the first Monday of March, one thousand eight hundred and seventeen.]

ACT of February 4, 1819. Pamphlet edit. Sec. it. Whenever proof shall be exhibited, to the satisfaction of the secretary of the treasury, of the loss or destruction of any certificate of Mississippi stock, it shall be lawful to issue, to the person who had lost it, or in whose possession it was destroyed, a new certificate of the same value with the one lost or destroyed; the person claiming such renewal complying with the rules and regulations at present established at the Treasury Department, for the renewal of certificates of stock lost or destroyed.

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Authorised to form a State,

1 Representation,
2 Propositions as to lands,
3 | Probibition of slavery,

ACT of March 6, 1820. Pamphlet edit. 14. An act to authorise the people of Missouri Territory to form a constitution and

state government, and for the admission of such state into the union on an equal footing with the original states, and to prohibit slavery in certain territories.

1. Sec. I. The inhabitants of that portion of the Missouri territory included within the boundaries hereinafter designated, are hereby authorised to form for themselves a constitution and state government, and to assume such name as they shall deem proper; and the said state, when formed, shall be admitted into the union, upon an equal footing with the original states, in all respects whatsoever.

2. Sec. fi. The said state shall consist of all the territory in. cluded within the following boundaries, to wit: Beginning in the middle of the Mississippi river, on the parallel of thirty-six de. grees of north latitude: thence, west, along that parallel of latitude to the St. Francois river; thence up, and following the course of that river, in the middle of the main channel thereof, to the parallel of latitude of thirty-six degrees and thirty minutes; thence, west, along the same, to a point where the said parallel is inter: sected by a meridian line passing through the middle of the mouth of the Kansas river, where the same empties into the Missouri river; thence, from the point aforesaid, north, along the said me. ridian line to the intersection of the parallel of latitude which

(ACT of March 6th, 1820.) passes through the rapids of the river Des Moines, making the said line to correspond with the Indian boundary line; thence, east, from the point of intersection last aforesaid, along the said parallel of latitude to the middle of the channel of the main fork of the said river Des Moines; thence down and along the middle of the main channel of the said river Des Moines to the mouth of the same where it empties into the Mississippi river; thence, due cast, to the main channel of the Mississippi river; thence down, and following the courses of the Mississippi river, in the middle of the main channel thereof, to the place of beginning: Provided, The said state shall ratify the boundaries aforesaid: And provided, also, That the said state shall have concurrent jurisdiction on the river Mississippi, and every other river bordering on the said state, so far as the said rivers shall form a common boundary to the said state, and any other state or states now or hereafter to be formed and bounded by the same, such rivers to be common to both, and that the river Mississippi, and the navigable rivers and waters leading into the same, shall be common highways, and forever free, as well to the inhabitants of the said state as to other citizens of the United States, without any tax, duty, impost, or toll, therefor, imposed by the said state.

Sec. 111. [Apportions among the counties, the representatives to the convention.]

3. Sec. iv. The members of the convention thus duly elected, shall be, and they are hereby authorised to meet at the seat of government of said territory, on the second Monday of the month of June next; and the said convention, when so assembled, shall have power and authority to adjourn to any other place in the said territory, which to them shall seem best for the convenient transaction of their business; and which convention, when so met, shall first determine, by a majority of the whole number elected, whether it be, or be not, expedient at that time to form a constitution and state government for the people within the said territory, as included within the boundaries above designated; and, if it be deemed expedient, the convention shall be, and hereby is, authorised to form a constitution and state government; or, if it be deemed more expedient, the said convention shall provide by ordinance for electing representatives to form a constitution or frame of government; which said representatives shall be chosen in such manner, and in such proportion, as they shall designate; and shall meet at such time and place as shall be prescribed by the said ordinance; and shall then form for the people of said territory, within the boundaries aforesaid, a constitution and state government: Provided, That the same, whenever formed, shall be republican, and not repugnant to the constitution of the United States; and that the legislature of said state shall never interfere with the primary disposal of the soil by the United States, nor with any regulations congress may find necessary for securing the title in such

(ACT of March 6th, 1820.) soil to the bona fide purchasers; and that no tax shall be imposed on lands the property of the United States; and in no case shall non-resident proprietors be taxed higher than residents.

4. Sec. v. Until the next general census shall be taken, the said state shall be entitled to one representative in the house of representatives of the United States.

5. Sec. vi. The following propositions are hereby offered to the convention of the said territory of Missouri, when formed, for their free acceptance or rejection, which, if accepted by the convention, shall be obligatory upon the United States.

First. That section numbered sixteen in every township, and when such section has been sold, or otherwise disposed of, other lands equivalent thereto, and as contiguous as may be, shall be granted to the state for the use of the inhabitants of such township, for the use of schools.

Second. That all salt springs, not exceeding twelve in number, with six sections of land adjoining to each, shall be granted to the said state, for the use of said state, the same to be selected by the legislature of the said state, on or before the first day of January, in the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty-five, and the same, when so selected, to be used under such terms, conditions, and regulations, as the legislature of said state shall direct: Provi. ded, That no salt spring, the right whereof now is, or hercafter shall be, confirmed or adjudged to any individual or individuals, shall, by this section, be granted to said state: And provided, also, that the legislature shall never sell or lease the same, at any one time, for a longer period than ten years, without the consent of congress.

Third. That five per cent. of the net proceeds of the sale of lands lying within the said territory, or state, and which shall be sold by congress, from and after the first day of January next, after deducting all expenses incident to the same, shall be reserved for making public roads and canals, of which three-fifths shall be applied to those objects within the state, under the direction of the legislature thereof; and the other two-fifths in defraying, under the direction of congress, the expenses to be incurred in making of a road or roads, canal or canals, leading to the said state.

Fourth. That four entire sections of land be, and the same are hereby granted to the said state, for the purpose of fixing their seat of government thereon, which said sections shall, under the direction of the legislature of said state, be located, as near as may be, in one body, at any time, in such townships and ranges as the legislature aforesaid may select, on any of the public lands of the United States: Provided, That such locations shall be made prior to the public sale of the lands of the United States surrounding such location.

Fifth. That thirty-six sections, or one entire township, which shall be designated by the president of the United States, together

(ACT of March 1st, 1817.) with the other lands heretofore reserved for that purpose, shall be reserved for the use of a seminary of learning, and vested in the legislature of said state, to be appropriated solely for the use of such seminary by the said legislature: Provided, That the five foregoing propositions herein offered, are on the condition that the convention of the said state shall provide, by an ordinance, irrevocable without the consent of the United States, that every and each tract of land sold by the United States, from and after the first day of January next, shall remain exempt from any tax laid by order or under the authority of the state, whether for state, county, or township, or any other purpose whatever, for the term of five years from and after the day of sale: And further, That the bounty lands granted, or hereafter to be granted, for military services during the late war, shall, while they continue to be held by the patentees, or their heirs, remain exempt as aforesaid from taxation for the term of three years from and after the date of the patents respectively.

6. Sec. vir. In case a constitution and state government shall be formed for the people of the said territory of Missouri, the said convention, or representatives, as soon thereafter as may be, shall cause a true and attested copy of such constitution, or frame of state government, as shall be formed or provided, to be transmitted to congress.

7. Sec. vii. In all that territory ceded by France to the United States, under the name of Louisiana, which lies north of thir. ty-six degrees and thirty minutes north latitude, not included within the limits of the state contemplated by this act, slavery and involuntary servitude, otherwise than in the punishment of crimes, whereof the parties shall have been duly convicted, shall be, and is hereby, forever prohibited: Provided always, That any person escaping into the same, from whom labour or service is lawfully claimed, in any state or territory of the United States, such fugitive may be lawfully reclaimed, and conveyed to the person claiming his or her labour or services as aforesaid.


Coasting trade,

1, 10 | Tonnage duty,
2, 9, 11, 13 Seamen,

3 Vessels from British colony,
4 Bonds to be given,

7, 12


ACT of March 1, 1817. Pamphlet edit. 213.

An act concerning the navigation of the United States. 1. Sec. 1. After the thirtieth day of September next no goods,

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