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feat of government of the United States, un- Undivided der the direction of the Secretary of the Treasury, in tracis of one quarter of a town- in like

he manner by ship lying at the corners thereof, excluding the four central sections, and the other reservations tary of the before mentioned : Provided always, that no

urways, al no No part of part of the lands directed by this act to be of the Lands to

be sold for fered for sale, shall be sold for less than two dollars per acre.

dollars per

acre. Sec. 5. Be it further enacted, That the Secre. tary of the Treasury, after receiving the afore- of Treasusaid plats, shall forthwith give notice, in one newspaper in each of the United States, and the times

be of sale, &c. of the territories north-west and south of the of lale rivér Ohio, of the times of fale; which shall, in no case, be less than two months from the date of the notice; and the sales at the different places shall not commence, within less than one month of each other: And when the Governor of the western territory, or Secretary of the Treasury, shall find it necefsary to adjourn, or suspend the sales under their direction, refpectively, for more than three days, at any one time, notice shall be given in the public newfpapers, of such suspension, and at what time the sales will re-commence.

Sec. 6. Be it further enacted, That immedi- Certain ately after the passing of this act, the Secretary other lands of the Treasury shall, in the manner herein before directed, advertise for sale, the lands remaining unfold in the foven ranges of town. fips, which were surveyed, in pursuance of an ordinance of Congress, passed the twentieth of May, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-five, including the lands drawn for the army, by the late Secretary of War, and also thofe heretofore sold, but not paid for; the townships which by the said ordinance, are di VOL. III.

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the balance remaining due, the time when such Mode of
balance becomes payable; and that the whole pas
land sold will be forfeited, if the said balance taining a
is not then paid ; but that if it shall be duly Patent
discharged, the purchaser, or his assignee, or
other legal representative, shall be entitled to
a patent for the said lands : And on payment
of the said balance to the Treasurer, within the
specified time, and producing to the Secretary
of State à receipt for the same, upon the afore-
said certificate, the President of the United
States is hereby authorized to grant a patent :
for the lands to the said purchaser, his heirs or
ailigns : And all patents shall be countersigned
by the Secretary of State, and recorded in his
office. But if there hould be a failure in any
payment, the sale shall be void, all the money
theretofore paid on account of the purchase
shall be forfeited to the United States, and the
lands thus fold shall be again disposed of, in
the same manner as if a sale had never been
made : Provided nevertheless, that should any,
purchaser makepayment of the whole purchase-
money, at the time when the payment of the
first moiety is directed to be made, he shall be
entitled to a deduction of ten per centum on
the part, for which a credit is hereby 'direc-
ted to be given; and his patent shall be im-
mediately issued.
. Sec. 8. Be it further enacted, That the Se-
cretary of the Treasury, and the Governor of
the territory north-west of the river Ohio, shall
respectively, cause books to kept, in which

Entries to hall be regularly entered, an account of the be dates of all the sales made, the situation andnum- the date of -bers of the lots fold, the price at which each" was struck off, the money deposited at the time of sale, and the dates of the certificates

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Governor granted to the different purchasers. The Goon
or Secre- Pernor, or Secretary of the said territory shall,
tary to
transmit at every suspension or adjournment, for more
copies at than three days, of the sales under their direc..
certain

tion, transmit to the Secretary of the Treasury,
a copy of the said books, certified to have

been duly examined and compared with the
"Tracts sold original. And all tracts fold under this act,
to be noted a
on the ge- shall be noted upon the general plat, after the
neral plat. certificate has been granted to the purchaser.

Sec. 9. And be it further enacted, That all Navigable Givers to be navigable rivers, within the territorý to be public disposed of by virtue of this act, shall be deemhighways.

ed to be, and remain public highways: And Streams, that in all cases, where the opposite banks not navi; of any stream, noť navigable, shall belong to gable, to be common different persons, the stream and the bed property. thereof shall become common to both.

Sec. 10. And be it further enacted, That the Compensa tion of Sur. Surveyor-General fhall receive, for his comveyor Gen. penfation, two thousand dollars per annum; President and that the President of the United States to fix com o

stion may fix the compensation of the assistant surof aslistant veyors, chain-carriers and axe-men : Provided,

yors that the whole expense of surveying and markExpense ing the lines, shall not exceed three dollars not to ex. ceed 3 dols. per mile, for every mile that fall be actually for every run or surveyed. · mile furveyed. " Sec. 11. And be it further enacted, That the

following fees shall be paid for the services to Regulation be done under this act, to the Treasurer of. of ices to the United States, or to the receiver in the

western territory, as the case may be ; for each certificate for a tract containing a quarter of a township, twenty dollars ; for a certificate for a tract containing fix hundred and forty acres, fix dollars; and for each patent for a

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quarter of a township, twenty dollars; for a
section of fix hundred and forty acres, six dol-
lars : And the said fees fhall be accounted for
by the receivers, respectively.
Şec. 12. And be it further enacted, That the Oath to be

taken by
Surveyor-General, assistant-surveyors, and the Sury
chain-carriers, shall, before they enter on the or-gen.&c. -
several duties to be performed under this act,
feverally take an oath or affirmation, faithfully
to perform the fame; and the person, to be the perfon
appointed to receive the money on sales in the to be ap.
western territory, before he shall receive any pot

y receive the
money under this act, shall give bond with money in
sufficient security, for the faithful discharge of
his trust : That, for receiving, safe-keeping, give bond,
and conveying to the treasury the money he
may receive, he shall be entitled to a compen-
fation to be hereafter fized.
JONATHAN DAYTON, Speaker of

(the House of Representatives.
SAMUEL LIVERMORE, President of the is

Senate pro tempore.
APPROVED, May the eighteenth, 1796:
- GEORGE WASHINGTON,

President of the United States.

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CHAPTER XXX.
An Axt to regulate Trade and Intercourse with

the Indian Tribes, and to preserve Peace on the

Frontiers.
Sec. I. D E it enacted by the Senate and House

- D of Representatives of the United
States of America, in Congress assembled, That
the following boundary line, established by

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