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tracts of land con. firmed by this act,

survey and certificate, the sum of one doilar and fifty cents, and for each certificate, without an order of survey, the sum

of one dollar. The principal dep- Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the to survey, etc. the duty of the principal deputy surveyor, on receiving an order

of survey from the register or recorder of land titles, and the the fees being first surveying fees from the claimant, which shall not exceed

three dollars for every inile to be surveyed and marked, to survey or cause to be surveyed, under the direction of the surveyor general, or surveyor of the lands south of the State

of Tennessee, the several tracts of land confirmed by this The principal dep. act; and the said principal deputy surveyor shall make remåke return of the turn of the surveys, in separate plats, to the register or refate plats," to the corder of the district within which the land lies, and also register, etc. of the transmit to the surveyor general, or surveyor of the lands mit a plat to the south of the State of Tennessee, as the case may be, a plat surveyor general,

or plats of the surveys directed to be made by this section, who shall, respectively, transmit copies thereof to the Commissioner of the General Land Office.(1)

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That every person, habited and culti, and the legal representatives of every person, who has actuland in the State ally inhabited and cultivated a tract of land lying in that part of Louisiana, etc of the State of Louisiana which composed the late Territory Missouri, not right of Orleans, or in the Territory of Missouri, which tract is any other pereon, not rightfully claimed by any other person, and who shall not right or pre-emp have removed from said State or Territory, shall be entitled tion, etc.

to the right of pre-emption in the purchase thereof, under the same restrictions, conditions, provisions, and regulations, in every respect, as is directed by the act entitled “ An act

giving the right of pre-emption in the purchase of lands to *Ante, ch. 149. certain settlers in the Illinois Territory," passed February

fifth, one thousand eight hundred and thirteen.

Approved, April 12, 1814.

etc.

Persons, etc. who have actually in.

(1) See Part II, Nos. 15, 42, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 64, 72, 77, 88, 93, 260.

[See Part II, Nos. 19, 20, 22, 111, 243, 244, 247, 261, 286, 293, 309, 478, 496, 564, 600, 678, 680, 685, 695, 696, 817, 820, 822, 826, 827, 829, 831, 839, 840.]

act, etc. of 27th

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+See amendatory CHAP. 163.—An act confirming certain claims to land in the Illinois Territory,

and providing for their location.7 Feb. 1815, chap.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre

sentatives of the United States of America in Congress asmade by the com

sembled, That the decisions made by the commissioners, (apguance or the Paci pointed in pursuance of the act entitled “ An act for the rementioned, where vision of former confirmations, and for confirming certain were in favor, etc. claims to land in the district of Kaskaskia,”\ passed the report to the Sec. twentieth day of February, one thousand eight hundred and

of the Truth twelve,) where such decisions were in favor of the claims, Jan. 1813, confirm and where the commissioners have reported specially, and Ante, chap. 123. have not rejected the claims; all such claims, as entered in

sury

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militia

300

than acres, etc.

etc.

their report to the Secretary of the Treasury bearing date the fourth day of January, one thousand eight hundred and thirteen, shall be, and the same are hereby, confirmed.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That all the claims All the claims con: contained in a list transmitted to the Secretary of the Treas- transmitted to the ury by Michael Jones, one of the commissioners aforesaid, Treasury, liy Mi bearing date the eighteenth day of January, one thousand chael Jones, etc. eight hundred and thirteen, shall be, and the same hereby are, confirmed: Provided, That any person who may have Proviso; any perreceived a militia right shall not receive, in addition thereto, ceived a more than three hundred acres of land by virtue of this sec-tiebt, in addition, tion; and it shall be the duty of the Commissioner of the more General Land Office to enter the list aforesaid of record in his office : And provided, also, That nothing in this act shall proviso; nothing in prevent or bar a judicial decision between persons claiming a judicial decision, the same original title or claim.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That all that tract of The tract of land land included within the following boundary, viz: beginning ry described, set at the township line nearest to and above the mouth of Big unlocated claing Muddy river, on the Mississippi river; thence, east, to the of persons to land meridian line running from the mouth of the Ohio river ; Territory hereto. thence, north, with the said meridian line, to the north bound- them, etc. ary line of township number five, north; thence, west, to the Mississippi river; thence, down the same, to the beginning; shall be, and the same hereby is, reserved and set apart to satisfy the unlocated claims of persons to land within the Illinois Territory, confirmed to them heretofore or by this act.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That any person or per- Persons residing sons residing within the tract reserved by this act, and who seithen be tract the had actually cultivated or improved any tract of land there. had actually ima in, before the fifth day of February, one thousand eight hun-before the 5th Feb dred and thirteen, not rightfully claimed by any other person, to pre-emption, etc. shall be entitled to a pre-emption in the purchase of such tract of land, including the improvement: Provided, That Proviso; the purthe purchaser shall not enter less than one quarter section or less than a quarter, more than one section. And any person claiming a pre- section. emption in the purchase under this act, who may be the Persons claiming owner of any unlocated confirmed claiin which may be lo peores emption under cated within the tract aforesaid, shall be, and is hereby, au- deliver to the blé thorized to deliver to the receiver of public money, for the money, cele district within which the land lies, the evidences of his or which shall be retheir claim, which shall be received as payment for the quan- etc. tity of land such person or persons would have been entitled to locate by virtue thereof; and in all cases where the land purchased shall not be completely paid for by the evidences of confirmed claims, the residue of the land shall be paid for at the same price, in the same manner, under the same restrictions, and liable to the same forfeiture, as other public lands sold at private sale.(1)

nor more than one,

tho

(1) See Part II, Nos. 15, 42, 56, 57, 58, 60, 64, 72, 77, 88, 93, 222, 223, 244, 245, 260.

ceived as paym'nt,

The register of the land office for the

of pre-emption

After the 1st Oct. 1814, the owners of unlocated confirmed claims may enter, with the re

not exceeding one quarter sec. more,

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the district of Kask as duty of the register of the land office for the district of Kasbia to give notice, kaskia to give notice that all persons entitled to a pre-emp

tion in the purchase of any tract of land by virtue of this act

may make such purchase, on application to him at his office, Persons failing or on or before the first day of October next; and any person the land, on or be failing or refusing to enter with the register of the land office 1914, lase the right the land by such person improved, on or before the first day

of October next, shall lose the right of pre-emption given by this act.

SEC. 6. And be it further enacted, That, after the first day of October next, it shall be lawful for any person or persons,

being the owner of any unlocated confirmed claim, to enter, historiador liker ikas- with the register of the land office for the Kaskaskia district,

any quantity of land within the reserved tract aforesaid, not fic, and the evi: exceeding one quarter section more than the quantity of acres claims to be re-contained in his claim or claims, and to deliver, to the received in paym’nt, ceiver of public money, the evidence of his claim, which

shall be received in payment for the number of acres specified therein ; and the residue of the land thus entered, which may exceed the amount of confirmed claims thus paid in, shall be paid for at the same price and in like manner as

the other public lands of the United States sold at private f two or more per. sale. And if two or more persons shall make applications, same time, to enter at the same time, to enter the same tract or tracts of land, priority to he de- the priority of right to enter shall be decided by lot, in the

presence of the register of the land office; and any person Persons failing or or persons failing or relusing to enter or locate his claim their claims, etc. within the reserved tract aforesaid, according to the provisMay, 1815, to for- ions of this act, on or before the first day of May, one thouEclimatecright or sand eight hundred and fifteen, shall forfeit all right or claim

against the United States, derived from confirmations under this act or any former law.

Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the to make ou certifi- duty of the register of the land office for the Kaskaskia dis.

trict to make out a certificate of confirmation to each person

whose claim or claims are confirmed by this act, or by any The certificate to former law, within the Territory of Illinois ; and such cerly of land, eic. tificate shall specify the quantity of land confirmed to the

holder thereof, and shall be sufficient evidence of claim, within the meaning of this act, to entitle the owner or holder thereof to a credit, with the receiver of public moneys, for

the quantity of land mentioned in such certificate, within the 73 tents to the re: reserved tract aforesaid ; and the register of the land office

shall receive the sum of seventy-five cents from the person demanding and receiving such certificate.

Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That patents shall be vided' by law for obtained for lands entered under this act, in the reserved tract other public lands.

aforesaid, in the same manner and on the same terms as are provided by law for other public lands of the United States.

Approved, April 16, 1814. [See Part II, No. 660.)

cided by loh, etc.

The register for
Kaskaskia district

cates of confirma. tion, etc.

tificate.

Patents to be oblained, etc. as pro

having

CHAP. 164.–An act extending relief to certain purchasers of public lands in

the Mississippi Territory. Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That any person or persons having purchased lands Persons of the United States, in the Mississippi Territory, who have the United States, been subjected to prosecutions by adverse claimants, who Territory, and su

subderived their titles from a Spanish grant, warrant, or order jached ho prosecu of survey, and where such prosecutions have terminated fa- claimants, deriv vorably to purchasers from the United States, such purchasers grant, &c, allowed shall have one year, from the first day of June next, for the is June, 1814, for payment of any interest that may be due from them to the the puyment of inUnited States, on the purchases aforesaid.

Approved, April 18, 1814.

terest, etc.

*See original act of 25th April, 1812;

CHAP. 165.-An act supplemental to an act entitled “ An act for ascertaining

the titles and claims to lands in that part of Louisiana which lies east of the river Mississippi and island of New Orleans."*

ante, chap. 135. Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the time for delivering notices and the evi- The time for deliv. dences of claims to lands, as required by the act to which of claims, &c. ex: this is a supplement, be, and the same hereby is, extended Sept. 1814. until the first day of September next.

Sec. 2. And be il further enacted, Thal it shall be the The commissionduty of the commissioners appointed under the act aforesaid der the act referto receive such evidences as to them may be offered in sup- receive evidences port of any claims which may not be embraced by said act, report them to the and to report the same, together with those referred to in the Commissioner first section of this act, on or before the first day of Novem- Office, etc. ber next, to the Commissioner of the General Land Office, to be by him laid before Congress at their next session.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the commissioner The commissioner for the district east of Pearl river and west of the Perdido of Pearl river, &c. be, and he is hereby, authorized and required to receive and and make report make report, as aforesaid, on all claims to lands lying east of land allaslains hoe the river Tombigbee.

Tombigbee. Approved, April 18, 1814.

of the General Land

[See Part II, Nos. 19, 296, 812, 814, 822, 826, 827, 829, 831, 839, 840, 843, 844, 846, 848, 849, 852, 854, 858, 859, 860, 861, 866, 869, 874, 877, 879, 880, 881, 882, 883, 885, 886, 887, 889, 890, 893, 898, 903, 904, 914, 915, 918, 929, 940, 949, 953, 955.)

CHAP. 166.-An act concerning certificates of confirmation of claims to lands

in the State of Louisiana.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress as

of confirmation to

of
Land Office.

Where certificates sembled, That, in all cases where certificates of confirmation lands lying

in to lands, lying in either of the land districts established by either of the dis law in the State of Louisiana, have been issued agreeably have been issued with the provisions of the act entitled “ An act respecting act mentioned, &c. claims to lands in the Territories of Orleans and Louisiana,”* to be delivered to passed the third March, one thousand eight hundred and uy surveyor of the seven, and which were directed to be filed with the proper survey the hands ai register of the land office within twelve months after date, the expense of the and on claims which are included in the transcript of divismake general and ions made in favor of claimants and transmitted to the Secand make return retary of the Treasury, the said certificates shall, in every er register, and to case where the lands have not been already surveyed acof the General cording to law, be, by the said registers, delivered to the

principal deputy surveyor of the district, together with the *Ante, chap. 91.

proper descriptions of the tracts to be surveyed, wherein the quantity, locality, and connexion, when practicable, with each other, shall be stated, at any time after the expiration of three months from the passage of this act, (unless the claimant shall otherwise specially direct,) whose duty it shall be, under the direction of the surveyor of the lands south of Tennessee, to accurately survey the land, at the expense of the United States, according to the said certificates of confirmation and description, and make general and particular plats thereof, which he shall return to the office of the proper register, together with the original certificates; and it shall be the further duty of the said surveyor to make a like return of the

plats to the Commissioner of the General Land Office : ProProviso; the ex. vided, The expense of surveying the said tracts shall not pense of surveying exceed that allowed by law for surveying the public lands in

the said State.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That so soon as the surveyed, &c. the said tracts of land shall have been thus surveyed, and the cerificates ins surveys thereof returned to the office of the proper register, vor of the claim together with the original certificates of the commissioners,

it shall be the duty of the said register to issue certificates in favor of the claimants entitled thereto, which he shall transmit to the Commissioner of the General Land Office; and if it shall appear, to the satisfaction of the said Commissioner, that the certificates have been fairly obtained, and correspond with the transcript heretofore transmitted to the Secretary of

the Treasury and the plats returned by the surveyors, pat

be ents shall be granted in like manner as is provided by law granted, as provid. ed by law for other for the other public lands of the United States; which patents public lands, &c.

shall be transmitted by the Commissioner of the General

Land Office to the proper register, to be by him delivered to 2 dollo. to the regis- the claimants entitled thereto; and the said register, for deles for reach patent livering the certificates and descriptions of the tracts to the

surveyor, making out and forwarding the returns to the General Land Office, and delivering the patents, shall be entitled to, and receive, from each claimant, the sum of two dollars for such patent so delivered.

Approved, April 18, 1814.

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