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An Act regulating the Grants of Land appro

priated for military Services, and for the sea ciety of the United Brethren, for propagating the Gospel among the Heathen.

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the fame: thence along the said boundary-line. to the Tuscaroras branch of the Muskingum river, at the crosling-place above Fort Lawrence; thence up the said river, to the point, where a line, run due west from the place of beginning, will interfect the said river; thence along the line so run to the place of beginning; and shall cause the said tracts to be divided in. to townships of five miles square, by running, marking and numbering the exterior lines of the said townships, and marking corners in the said lines, at the distance of two and one-half miles from each other, in the manner directed by the act, intitled, “ An act providing for the sales of the lands of the United States, in the territory north-west of the river Ohio, and above the mouth of Kentucky river ;” and that the lands above described, except the salt springs therein, and the same quantities of land adjacent thereto, as are directed to be reserved with the salt springs, in the said recited act, and such tracts within the boundaries of the same, as have been heretofore appropriated by Congress, be, and they are hereby, set apart and reserved for the purposes herein-after mentioned.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the said land shall be granted only in tracts con- Duty of .

the Sec'ry taining a quarter of the township to which they of the ? belong, lying at the corners thereof; and that Treasury

herein. the Secretary of the Treasury shall, for the space. of nine months, after public notice in the several states and territories, register warrants for military services, to the amount of any one or more tracts, for any person er perfons holding the same ; and shall immediately after the expiration of the said time, proceed to determine, by lot, to be drawn in the

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presence of the Secretaries of State and of

War, the priority of location of the said regifPriority of tered warrants; and the person or persons low deter

holding the fa:ne, ihall severally make their mince locations, after the lots shall be proclaimed,

on a day to be previoully fixed in the before. mentioned notice; in failure of which, they shall be postponed in locating such warrants, to all other persons holding registered war.

rants : And the patents for all lands located aud parents under the authority of this act, shall be gran. &ilicile

ted in the manner directed by the before-mentioned act, without requiring any fee therefor.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That after Privilege to certain the time limited for making the locations, as

aforesaid, any person or persons holding war. holding arrants, rants, of the before mentioned description, fuf

ficient to cover any one or more tracts, as aforesaid, shall be at liberty to make their locations, on any tract or tracts not before located.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That all and lands uniccated the lands fet apart by the first section of this alter the ait, which shall remain unlocated on the first It Jar.

day of January, in the year one thousand eight to be at hundred, shall be released from the said reserdifpofition vation, and shall be at the free disposition of of United

the United States, in like manner as any other vacant territory of the United States. And all warrants or claims for lands on account of

military services, which shall not, before the Claims lia

day aforesaid, be registered and located, lhall be forever barred.

Sec. 5. And be it furiher enacted, That the faid Surveyor-General be, and he is hereby required, to cause to be surveyed, three several tracts of land, containing four thousand acres

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each, at Shoenbrun, Gnaden-butten, and Se- 3 tracts to lem ; being the tracts formerly set apart, by be surveyed an ordinance of Congress of the third of Sep- for propaa tember, one thousand seven hundred and eigh- gating ty-eight, for the fociety of United Brethren among the for propagating the gospel among the heathen; heat and to issue a patent or patents for the faid three tracts to the said society, in trust, for the uses and purposes in the said ordinance set forth.

Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That all Reservanavigable streams or rivers within the territo- tions, ry to be disposed of, by virtue of this act, shall be deemed to be and remain public highways. And that, in all cafes, where the opposite banks of any stream not navigable shall belong to different perfons, the stream and the bed thereof shall be common to both · JONATHAN DAYTON, Speaker of

the House of Representatives. SAMUEL LIVERMORE, President of the

Senate pro tempore.
APPROVE), June the first, 1796:
. GEORGE WASHINGTON.

. President of the United States.

CHAPTER XLVII.

An Act for the Admission of the State of .

Tennessee into the Union. TITHEREAS by the acceptance of the

VV deed of ceffion of the state of NorthCarolina, Congress are bound to lay out into · Vol. III. Z 2.

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