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CHARTER-XCIIL
AN ACT authorising the Secretary of the Trea-

fury to employ Ciorks for completing the abbraits
of the valuatirii n ds and dwelling boufes,

and the entimération ofluazion e D E it enacted by the Senate and House of Re

D prezentatives of the United States of Americi, in Congress alembled, That the Secretary of the Treasury be, and he is hereby autho Fized and directed to employ clerks, for such compensation as he shall judge. reafonable, to complete the abstracts of the valuation of lafid's and dwelling houses, and the enumeration of Haves within the United Statés, ünder the direchon of the commiífioniers authorised to di: jedi, the completing of such abftraétis, in those fates, where clerks cannot be procured by the commillioners, for tre compěnsalon @lpted by law to cleiks for performing that bufitheis, agrecably to the provisions of the following aets that is to say, an act, intituled, sanat to, proyide for the valuation of lands ant dvel? Ling houses, and the enumeratiðrintot fares within itie Umited Şrates ;” an act;Htituled, ? An act supplententary to the act, intituled, "An act to provide for the valuation of lands and dwelling houses, and the enumeration of laves within the United States ;) and an act, intituled, "An act to provide for equalizing the valuation of unseated lands. nl

THÉODORE SEDGWICK 1963 wisie Speaker of tbe House of Representatives. e sims 3: JAMES HILLHOUSE,

President of the Senateg- pro tempore. APPROVEDMarch 35 180 185 2953

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CHAPTER XCIV.

AN ACT giving a right of preepmtion to certain

persons who have contracted with John Cleves
Symmes, or his affociates, for lands lying between
the Miami rivers, in the territory of the United
States north-west of the Obio.

Sec. 1.

D E it enacted by the Senate and House

O of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That Rigbt of preapy person or persons, and the legal representa- emtion given

to certain pera tive or representatives of any person or persons ions, who have who before the first day of January in the year contrast

with J.C. of our Lord one thousand eight hundred, had Synnes, &c. made any contract or contracts in writing, or by any note or memorandum thereof in writing, either with John Cleves Symmes, or with any of his associates, or who had made to him or them, any payment of money for the purchase of lands, situate between the Miami rivers, within the limits of a survey made by Ifrael Ludlow, in conformity to an act of congress of the twelfth of April, one thoufand feven hundred and ninety-two, and not comprehended within the limits of a' tract of land, conveyed to John Cleves Symmes and his associates, by letters patent, bearing date the thirtieth of September, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-four, in the territory of the United States, north-west of the Ohio, fhall be entitled to a preference, in becoming the purchasers, from the United States, of all lands so contracted for, at the price of two dollars per acre, exclusive of the surveying fees, and other incidental expenses; and pay. ment may be made therefor, to the Treasurer of the United States, or the Receiver of public monies for the lands of the United States at Cin.

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cinnati, in like instalments, and under the ranë conditions, as directed by the raceyinintituled,

An act to aniend the act; intituléd, an act providing for the sale ofithë lànds of the United States, in the "territory of the United States north-west of the Ohio, and above the mouth of Kentucky river;" Provided however, that no interest shall be charged upon any of the instalments until they respectively become payable.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That every Persons claim. person, claiming the benefit of the first section of

this act, shall, on cr before the first day of Nogive. norice vember next, deliver to the Receiver of public er of vuiliç - monies, for the lands of the United States at Cina

2014! monies at Cin- cinnati, a notice in 'writing, stating the nature cinnati, &c.

and extent of his claim or contract; and if any perfon shall neglect to give such notice of his claim or contract, or having given the same, shall neglect to make application for the purchase thereof, as hereinafter directed, or thall fail ini making the first payment before the firft of January next, áll his right of preemtion, on the terms aforesaid, shall cease and become vojd.:

Secr.3. And be it further enacted, That the Duty of the

afore said Receiver of public monies, on being Receiver paid the fees hereinafter provided, shall receive Szercin ;

erery such notice of claim, or statement thereof, and give a receipt therefor, and carefully put and preserve on file every such paper or writing, and lay the same before the Commissioners, when nret; for settling and adjusting the claims afore, · faid, "is one

a y or And 2113 of Sec. 4. And be 'it further enacted; That the the wo Com- aforesaid Receiver of public imónies, and two be appointed other perfons, who thall be appointed by the

President of the United States alóne shall be commillioners for the purpose of ascertaining the rights of persons claiming the benefits of this

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aet, who, previous to entering on the duties of their appointment shall respectively take and subscribe the following-oath or affirmation, bex. fore, fome person qualified to administer, oaths, te wit, I do folemnly swear, or affirm, that I will impartially exercife and discharge che duties imposed upon me, by an'act of Congress; ; intituled,is. An act giving a right of preemption: to certain persons who have.contracted with John, Cleves Symmes, or his associates, for lands lying, between the Miami rivers, in the territory of the: United States north-west of the Ohio;" to the best of my understanding and ability;” and it shall be the duty of the said Commissioners to meet" at Cincinnati, between the first and the tenth day of November next, of which meeting three week previous notice hall be given by them'in a public newípaper printed aţ Cincinnati, and they, or a majority of them, so inet, fhall not adjourn to any other place, or for a longer time. than three days, until they have finally completed the business of their-faid appointment; and they, or any two of them, shall have power to hear and decide, in a summary manner, all matters respecting all fuch claims of which notice may have been.filed, pursuant to the third section of this act, also to administer oaths and examine witnesses, and such other testimony as may be ada. dùčed, and to determine thercon according to.. justice and equity; which determination shall be linal, and when it shall appear to them, that the claimant is entitled to the right of preemtion, on the terms aforesaid, they thall give a certifi. cate thereof, stating as accurately as may be, the quantity, and local situation of the lands to which hé inay be entitled, directed to the Register of the land office at Cincinnati; or when the said Registerimay be a claimant to the Surveyor-Ge

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a rs Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the aforesaid Register and surveyor-General; refpec, tively, upon application of any person or persons, who shall produce a certificate of the Commission ers aforesaid, to him directed, before the first day of January next, and shall also produce a receipt from the Treasurer of the United States, or the aforefaid Receiver of puplic monies, for at least one fourth part of the purchase money, and also for the payment of three dollars for each half section or smaller quantity, and shall pay him the fees in like case provided by the act, intituled * An ałt to amend the act, intituled - aniact providing for the sale of the lands of the United States, in the territory of the United States north-west of the Ohio, and above the mouth of Kentucky river," shall admit sachs person or persons to become a purchaser or purchar {ers of the land designated in the faid certificate, and fhall receive the said certificate, and preserve it on file, and make an entry of the apo plication in his book, kept for the purpose, and on any of the three last payments being made in advance, he shall allow the purchaser the like discount as is allowed by the fourth clause of the fifth section of the act last above recited's and on payment in full, and a final settlement-had, he shall give his certificate thereof; upon producing which to the Secretary of the Treasury, a patent fhall issue in like manner as is provided by the said act last above recited. ; .... ..

Sec. 6. And, be it further enacted, That the faid Receiver of public monies shall be entitled to have and receive, to his own use, from the

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