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line, westward, one hundred and twenty statute miles in length, and in breadth, throughout the said limits in length, from the completion of the forty-first degree of north latitude, until it comes to forty-two degrees and two minutes, north latitude, including all that territory commonly called the “Western Reserve of Connecticut," and which was excepted by said State of Connecticut, out of the cession by the said State, heretofore made to the United States, and accepted by a resolution of Congress of the 14th of September, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-six, shall be released and conveyed, as aforesaid, to the said Governor of Connecticut, and his successors in said office, forever, for the

purpose of quieting the grantees and purchasers under said State of Connecticut, and confirming their titles to the soil of said tract of land.

Provided, however, That such letters patent shall not be executed, and delivered, unless the State of Connecticut shall, within eight months from passing this act, by a legislative act, renounce for ever, for the use and benefit of the United States, and of the several individual States who may be therein concerned, respectively, and of all those deriving claims or titles from them, or any of them, all territorial and jurisdictional claims whatever, under any grant, charter, or charters whatever, to the soil and jurisdiction of any and all lands whatever, lying westward, north-westward and south-westward, of those counties in the State of Connecticut, which are bounded westwardly by the eastern line of the State of New York, as ascertained by agreement between Connecticut and New York, in the year

one thousand, seven hundred and thirty-three, excepting only from such renunciation the claim of said State of Connecticut, and of those claiming from or under the said State, to the soil of said tract of land, herein described under the name of the Western Reserve of Connecticut.

And provided, also, That the said State of Connecticut shall, within the said eight months from and after passing this act, by the agent or agents of said State, duly authorized by the Legislature thereof, execute and deliver, to the acceptance of the President of the United States, a deed, expressly releasing to the United States the jurisdictional claim of the said State of Connecticut, to the said tract of land, herein described under the name of the Western Reserve of Connecticut, and shall deposite an exemplification of said act of renunciation, under the seal of the said State of Connecticut. together with the said deed, releasing said jurisdiction, in the office of the Department of State of the United States; which deed of cession, when so deposited, shall vest the jurisdiction of said territory in the United States: Provided, That neither this act, nor any thing contained

therein, shall be construed so as in any manner to draw into question the conclusive settlement of the dispute between Pennsylvania and Connecticut, by the decree of the Federal Court at Trenton, nor to impair the right of Pennsylvania, or any other State, or of any person or persons claiming under that or any other State, in any existing dispute concerning the right either of soil or of jurisdiction, with the State of Connecticut, or with any person or persons claiming under the State of Connecticut: And provided, also, That nothing herein contained shall be construed in any manner to pledge the United States for the extinguishment of the Indian title to the said lands, or further than merely to pass the title of the United States thereto.

[Approved, April 28th, 1800.] Deed and Act of Connecticut, May, 1800. To all who shall see these presents, s, Jonathan Trumbull Governor of the State of Connecticut, send Greeting:

Whereas the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut, at their session holden in Hartford, on the second Thursday of May, one thousand and eight hundred, passed an act, entitled “ An act renouncing the claims of this State to certain lands therein mentioned,” in the words following, to wit: “Whereas the Congress of the United States, at their session, begun and holden in the city of Philadelphia, on the first Monday of December, in the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety-nine, made and passed an act, in the words following, to wit:

[Here follows the act of Congress of the 28th April, 1800.] Therefore, in consideration of the terms, and in compliance with the provisions and conditions of the said act

B: it enacted by the Governor and Council, and House of Representatives, in the General Court assembled, That the State of Connecticut doth hereby renounce forever, for the use and benefit of the United States, and of the several individual States who may be therein concerned, respectively, and of all those deriving claims or titles from them or any of them, all territorial and jurisdictional claims whatever, under any grant, charter, or charters whatever, to the soil and jurisdiction of any and all lands whatever, lying westward, northwestward, and southwestward of those counties in the State of Connecticut which are bounded westwardly by the eastern line of the State of New York, as ascertained by agreement between Connecticut and New York, in the year one thousand seven hundred and thirty-three, excepting only from this renunciation, the claim of the said State of Connecticut, and the claim of those claiming from or under the said State of Connecticut, to the soil of said

tract of land, in the said act of Congress described, under the name of the Western Reserve of Connecticut.

And be it further enacted, That the Governor of this State, for the time being, be, and hereby is, empowered, in the name and behalf of this State, to execute and deliver to the acceptance of the President of the United States, a deed, of the form and tenor directed by said act of Congress, expressly releasing to the U. States the jurisdictional claims of the State of Connecticut, to all that territory called the Western Reserve of Connecticut, according to the description thereof in said act of Congress, and in as full and ample manner as therein is required.

Therefore, know ye, that I, Jonathan Trumbull, Governor of the State of Connecticut, by virtue of the power vested in me, as aforesaid, do, by these presents, in the name and on behalf of the said State, remise, release, and forever quit cla m, to the United States, the jurisdictional claim of the State of Connecticut, to all that tract of land called, in the aforesaid act of Congress, the Western Reserve of Connecticut, and as the same therein under that name is particularly and fully described.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal, in the Council Chamber at Hartford, in the State of Connecticut, this thirtieth day of May, A. D. 1800, and in the 24th year of the independence of the United States.

AN ACT to divide the territory of the United States North-west of the

river Ohio into two separate governments.

Sec. 1. Be it enacied by the Senate and House of Representatives of the U. States of America in Congress assembled, That from and after the fourth diiy of July next, all that part of the territory of the United States north-west of the Ohio river, which les to the westward of a line beginning at the Ohio, opposite to the mouth of the Kentucky river, and running thence to Fort Recovery, and thence north, until it shall intersect the territorial line between the U.States and Canada, shall, for the purposes of temporary government, constitute a separate territory, and be called the Indiana territory.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That there shall be established within the said territory a government, in all respects similar to that provided by the ordinance of Congress, passed on the thirteenth day of July, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven, for the government of the territory of the U. States north-west of the river Ohio; and the inhabitants thereof shall be entitled to, and enjoy, all and singular the rights, privileges, and advantages, granted and secured to the people by the said ordinance.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That nothing in this act contained shall be construed so as in any manner to affect the government now in force in the territory of the U.States northwest of the Ohio river, further than to prohibit the exercise thereof, within the Indiana Territory, from and after the aforesaid fourth day of July next: Provi leil, That whenever that part of the territory of the United States, which lies to the eastward of a line beginning at the mouth of the Great Miami river, and running thence, due north, to the territorial line between the United States and Canada, shall be erected into an independent State, and admitted into the Union on an equal footing with the original States, thenceforth said line shall become and remain permanently the boundary line between such State and the Indiana Territory: any thing in this act contained to the contrary notwithstanding,

Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That, until it shall be otherwise ordered by the Legislatures of the said Territories, respectively, Chillicothe, on the Scioto river, shall be the seat of the government of the territory of the United States northwest of the Onio river; and that Saint Vincennes, on the Wabash river, shall be the seat of the government for the Indiana Territory. [Approved, May 7, 1800.] An act to provide for the government of the Territory northwest of

the River Ohio.

WHEREAS, in order that the ordinance of the U. States in Con

gress assembled, for the government of the Territory northwest of the river Ohio, may continue to have full effect, it is requisite that certain provisions should be made, so as to adapt the same to the present Constitution of the United States:

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senale and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That in all cases in which, by the sail ordinance, any information is to be given, or communication made, by the Governor of the said Territory, to the U. States in Congress assembled, or to any of their officers, it shall be the duty of the said Governor to give such information, and to make such communication to the President of the U. States; and the President shall nominate, and, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint all officers which, by the said ordinance, were to have been appointed by the U. States in Congress assembled; and all officers, so appointed, shall be commissioned by him; and in all cases where the U. States in Congress assembled, might, by the said ordinance, revoke any commission or remove from any office, the President

is hereby declared to have the same powers of revocation and removal.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That in case of the death, removal, resignation or necessary absence of the Governor of the said Territory, the Secretary thereof, shall be, and he is hereby authorized and required to execute all the powers, and perform ait the duties of the Governor, during the vacancy occasioned by the removal, resignation, or necessary absence of the said Governor. [Approved 7th of August, 1789.] Extract from the 4th Article of the Constitution of the U. States,

Sec. 3. New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the jurisdictions of any other State; nor any State be formed hy the junction of two or more States, or parts of States, without the consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned, as well as of the Congress.

The Congress shall have power to dispose of, and make all needful rules and regulations respecting the territory or other property belonging to the U. States; and nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to prejudice any claims of the U. States, or of any particular State.

Sec. 4. The United States shall guaranty to every State in this Union, a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and, on application of the Legislature or of the Executive, (when the Legislature cannot be convened,) against domestic violence. An act to enable the people of the eastern division of the Terri.

tory northwest of the river Ohio, to form a Constitution and State Government, and for the admission of such State into the Union, on an equal footing with the original States, and for other purposes.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted, fc. &c. That the inhabitants of the eastern division of the Territory northwest of the river Ohio, be, and they are hereby, authorized to form for themselvesa Constitution and State Government, and to assume such name as they shall deem proper; and the said State, when formed, shall be admitted into the Union upon the same footing with the original States, in all respects whatever.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the said State shall consist of ail the territory included within the following boundaries, to wit: Bounded on the east, by the Pennsylvania line; on the south, by the Ohio river, to the mouth of the Great Miami

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