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CHAP. 167.-An act further extending the time for locating Virginia military

land warrants, and for returning the surveys thereon to the General Land Office. *

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Land Office.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the officers and soldiers of the Virginia line The officers and on continental establishment, their heirs or assigns, entitled soldiers of, tebe. Vir: to bounty lands within the tract reserved by Virginia, between 1819, 10 the Little Miami and Sciota rivers, for satisfying the legal taia warrants, etc: bounties to her officers and soldiers upon continental estab- Nov. 1819, to rolishment, shall be allowed a further term of three years, from etc. to the Genera? and after the passage of this act, to obtain warrants and com. plete their locations, and a further term of five years, from and after the passage of this act as aforesaid, to return their surveys and warrants, or certified copies of warrants, to the General Land Office, any thing in any former act to the contrary notwithstanding: Provided, That no locations, as asore. Proviso, coloca said, within the above-mentioned tract, shall, after the pass- male on tracts for ing of this act, be made on tracts of land for which patents previously issued, had previously been issued, or which had been previously surveyed; and any patent which may, nevertheless, be ob. tained for land located contrary to the provisions of this act, shall be considered as null and void.

Approved, November 3, 1814.


(See Part II, Nos. 2, 35, 43, 108, 113, 114, 115, 116, 121, 134, 136, 137, 236, 237.)

CHAP. 168. -An act making further provision for filling the ranks of the army

of the United States.

+ The other


Sec. 4.t And be it further enacted, That, in lieu of the lions irrelevant. bounty of one hundred and sixty acres of land, now allowed Each non-commisby law, there shall be allowed to each non-commissioned sinned officer and officer and soldier, hereaster enlisted, when discbarged from enlisted, to be en service, who shall have obtained from the commanding officer of land, in lieu, of his company, battalion, or regiment, a certificate that he had faithfully performed his duty whilst in service, three hundred and twenty acres of land, to be surveyed, laid off, and granted, under the same regulations, and, in every respect, in the manner now prescribed by law: and the widow The widow and and children, and, if there be no widow nor child, the parents ents, of those who of every non-commissioned officer and soldier, enlisted ac- in the service, wo be cording to law, who may be killed or die in the service of entitled to land; the United States, shall be entitled to receive the three hun

but, etc.

dred and twenty acres of land as aforesaid; but the same

shall not pass to collateral relations, any law heretofore passed "Seo chapters 226, to the contrary notwithstanding. 309,376.

Approved, December 10, 1814.

Persons whose claims were con

set apart, etc.

CHAP. 169.-An act giving further time to locate certain claims to lands conSee original act. firmed by an act of Congress entitled “ An act confirming certain claims to of 13th February, 1813; ante, ch. 150). lands in the district of Vincennes.”+

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

sembled, That the several persons whose claims were con, ized to enter their firmed by the act of Congress entitled “ An act confirming locations with tha certain claims to lands in the district of Vincennes," I apoffice al Vincen: proved the thirteenth day of February, one thousand eight

hundred and thirteen, and which have not been located, are $Ante, chap. 150. hereby authorized to enter their locations with the register

of the land office at Vincennes, on any part of the tract set apart for that purpose in said district, by virtue of an act en

titled “ An act respecting claims to lands in the Indiana TerSAnte, chap. 8.

ritory and State of Ohio,"S and in conformity to the provis. ions of that act; and shall be entitled to receive their certifi

cates and patents in the manner provided by the first-mentions to be made tioned act: Provided, That such locations shall be made prior to the 1st of July, 1815.

prior to the first day of July next.

Approved December 26, 1814.

Proviso; the loca.

CHAP. 170. —An act to provide for leasing certain lands reserved for the sup

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

sembled, That the county court, in each county in the Misin each county in sissippi Territory, shall be, and is hereby, authorized to aptheriotississippor point a number of agents, not exceeding five, who shall have ized to appoint not power to let out, on lease, for the purpose of improving the who are empower- same, the sections of land reserved by Congress for the suptions et land report of schools, lying within the county for which the agents, 1 port of schools, etc. respectively, are appointed, or to let them out at an annual Proceeds of the rent, as they shall judge proper ; and it shall be the duty of Tents to be applicof the said agents, under the direction of the county courts, re

spectively, to apply with impartiality the proceeds arising may partake, etc from the rents of each section, as aforesaid, to the purpose of

education, and to no other use whatsoever, within the particular township of six miles square, or fractional township, wherein such section is situated, in such manner that all the citizens residing therein may partake of the benefit thereof, according to the true intent of the reservation made by Congress.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That for the purpose

education, so that all the citizens

of forming the aforesaid sections into convenient farms, the The agents may said agents shall have power to lay off the same into lots of into lots of not less not less than one hundred and six acres, nor more than three than 320, acres, ex. hundred and twenty acres, except in case of fractional sec- cept, etc. tions; and in every case, whether of leases for the improve- The lessee to bo ment of the lots, or for an annual rent, the lessee shall be bound net bound, in a suitable penalty, not to commit waste on the premises, by destroying of timber or removing of stone, or any other injury to the lands whatever.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the said agents The ag'ts empow. shall have full power, within their respective counties, when sons who have noe and so often as they think proper, by legal process, to remove inquire into any any person or persons from the possession of any of the afore- waste, etc. said reserved sections, when such person or persons have not taken a lease, and refuse or neglect to take the same ; and it shall, moreover, be the duty of the said agents to inspect and inquire into any waste or trespass committed on any of the reserved sections aforesaid, by cutting and carrying off timber or stone, or any other damage that may be done to the same, whether by persons residing thereon or others; and the said agents are hereby authorized, when The agents author, waste or trespass shall be committed, to proceed against the against persons person or persons committing the same, according to the laws committing wasto in such case made and provided ; and actions in the cases aforesaid shall be sustained by the agents, and the damages recovered shall be one half to the use of such agents, and are hadCobereando the other half to be applied to the same purpose as the proceeds of rents from the land on which the damage was sustained.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That, for each lease 82 to the agents for executed by the agents, they shall be entitled to receive the sum of two dollars, to be paid by the lessees, respectively.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That every lease which Leases limited 19 may be granted in virtue of this act shall be limited to the of government, etc. period of the termination of the territorial form of government in the said Territory, and shall cease to have any force or effect after the first day of January next succeeding the establishment of a State Government therein: Provided, That Proviso; outstand. outstanding rents may be collected, and damages for waste collected, etc. as if or trespass may be recovered, in the same manner as if the linud, etc). leases had continued in full force.

Approved, January 9, 1815.

or trespass, etc.

use of

the agents, etc.

each lease, etc.


CHAP. 171.-An act supplementary to the act entitled “ An act providing for Soo original, act, the indemnification of certain claimants of public lands in the Mississippi l'er- of 31st March,1814;

, 161

The President, etc. Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre to appoint three sentatives of the United States of America in Congress as- bard of commis

persons to act as a sembled, That the President of the United States be, and he acı inentioned, in is bereby, authorized, by and with the advice and consent place of the Secre



bia, etc., and to


of the Senate, to appoint three fit and disinterested persons, to be and act as commissioners, by virtue of an act entitled

“An act providing for the indemnification of certain claim*Ante, chap. 161. ants of public lands in the Mississippi Territory,'* in the

place of the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treas

ury, and the Attorney General of the United States, for the Any two of the time being : and the said persons are bereby constituted and

appointed a board of commissioners, any two of whom may

act as a quorum, as in and by the act aforesaid is provided. Object of the board, Which board is hereby declared to be intended to effect the

same purposes and services as the said original board ; and is, in every respect, substituted for the same, and is hereby authorized to execute all the powers granted to, and directed to perform all the duties enjoined upon, the said original

board of commissioners, according to the intent and provisions See act of the 3d of the act aforesaid.t of March, 1813, ch.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, that the commissioners The . comenission; to be appointed in pursuance of this act shall meet at some place within the suitable place within the District of Columbia, on the fourth

Monday of January current, or as soon thereafter as may be, proceed, certify,

to enter on the duties assigned them. And that they shall proceed therein as expeditiously as may be, and from time to time shall certify and report to the President of the United States, as to the sufficiency of the releases that shall have been made, and the claims they shall have finally adjudged and allowed, agreeably to the third section of the act to

which this act is supplementary. Each commission Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That each of the said

commissioners, before they proceed to execute their duties

as such, shall take the following oath or affirmation, to wit: Form of the oath. “1, A B, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I am not in

terested in the event of any decision that may be made by this board of commissioners, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent on me as a member thereof ; and will adjudge and determine all the matters, claims, and controversies, subject to the adjudication and determination of this board, according to the best of my abilities, agreeably to the laws of the United States and the principles of justice and equity.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the said board point a secretarý; of commissioners shall have power and authority to appoint his duty, etc.

a secretary, whose duty it shall be to receive, file, and preserve, the papers, documents, and claims, that may be presented to and received hy said board of commissioners, and to enter and record all the orders, proceedings, judgments,

er to take an oath.

The board may ap


and determinations, of said board of commissioners. An oath to be ad one of said commissioners shall administer an oath to such

secretary, for the faithful discharge of his duty. And there 81,500 each shall be allowed and paid, out of the Treasury of the United the secretary.

States, to each of the said commissioners, as well as to the secretary by them to be appointed, as a compensation for

ministered to the secretary.

cornmissioner and

their respective services under this act, and in full for the same, the sum of fifteen hundred dollars.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That further time be, towelde eo deposito and hereby is, allowed to deposite in the office of the Sec- releases in the ofretary of State releases to the United States of claims under ry of State, etc. and

for recording, etc. the act, or pretended act, of the State of Georgia, passed on the seventh day of January, seventeen hundred and ninetyfive, and assignments of rights or claims to moneys paid into the treasury of the State of Georgia, and power to sue theresor; and also for recording, in the office of the Secretary of State, any deed or evidence of any title or claim that hath been released to the United States, or that shall be released on or before the day hereby appointed, to wit: the third Monday in March next. And so much of the act of Congress So much of the acts passed the third day of March, one thousand eight hundred mentioned aimanis and three, entitled “ An act regulating the grants of lands of four recording, etc. the United States south of the State of Tennessee,

"* and so 1804, repealed. much of the act to which this is supplementary, t as exclude *Chapter 62.

tAnle, chap. 161 claimants from recording their claims after the first day of January, one thousand eight hundred and four, be, and the same are hereby, repealed.

Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That the said commis- The commissionsioners be, and hereby are, authorized and empowered to determine all consider and determine all claims that shall have been duly ed, made to ease released to the United States on or before the said third signees or bank. Monday of March, which may be made and preferred by assignees of bankrupts, or executors or administrators on estates of deceased persons, which may be insolvent and subject to distribution among the creditors of the persons so deceased.

Approved, January 23, 1815.

rupts, etc.

(See Part II, No. 109.)

CHAP. 172.-An act attaching to the Canton district, in the State of Ohio, the

tract of land lying between the foot of the rapids of the Miami of Lake Erie and the Connecticut Western Reserve.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representalires of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That all that tract of land lying between the foot The trace of land of the rapids of the river Miami of Lake Erie and the west- ed-w the district of ern line of the Connecticut Reserve, in the State of Obio, Canton. which was ceded to the United States by certain tribes of Indians, at a treaty concluded at Brownstown, in the Michigan Territory, on the twenty-fifth day of November, one thousand eight hundred and eight, shall be attached to and made a part of the district of Canton.

Sec. 2. And be il further enacted, That in surveying and in surveying, etc dividing the lands by this act attached to the district of Can- ted, the ordinary ton, the ordinary mode of surveying the public lands shall be so trd from, so far,etc.

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