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That there shall be no future claim against the Uni.
ted States, on account of the said rights. Not less Sum to be than five hundred thousand dollars of the purchase paid down.
money to be paid down upon closing of the contract, The remain. and the remainder upon the completion of the work, der when. to be performed by the geographer, or other officer,
on the part of the United States. Good and suffic cient security to be given by the purchaser or purchasers for the completion of the contract on his or their part. The grant to be made upon the full payment of the consideration money, and a right of en. try and occupancy to be acquired immediately for so much of the tract as shall be agreed upon between
the board of treasury and the purchasers. Report refer. Ordered, That the above be refered to the board of red to board of treasury.
treasury to take order.
" Kesolution, Ordered, That the above letter, * from Man. Cutler 27th July, and Winthrop Sargent, to the board of treasury, con
taining proposals for the purchase of a tract of land, Letter refer. red to board described in the act of Congress of the twenty-third of treasury. instant, be referred to the board of treasury, to take
order; Provided, That after the date of the second payment, therein proposed to be made, the residue shall be paid in six equal and half-yearly instalments, until the whole thereof shall be compleated, and that the purchasers stipulate to pay interest on the sums due, from the completion of the survey to be perform. ed by the geographer.f
Sec. 1. A certain contract, expressed in an indenss. ture, executed on the twenty-seventh day of October, 25. 21st April, in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty1792. - seven, between the then board of treasury for the Certain tract United States of America, of the one part, and Ma. of land con
"nasseh Cutler and Winthrop Sargent, as agents for tracted for, in 1787, the directors of the Ohio Company of Associates, of
the other part, so far as the same respects the follow
. See that letter in the Appendix.
+ The boundaries contemplated by the preceding resolutions, and by the contract executed in conformity therewith, were subsequently altered, and the alteration confirmed by the act of the 21st April, . 1792.
ing described tract of land; that is to say: " Begin. ning at a station where the western boundary line of the seventh range of townships, laid out by the authority of the United States in Congress assembled, intersects the river Ohio; thence, extending along that river south-westerly to a place where the western boundary line of the fifteenth range of townships, when laid out agreeably to the land ordinance, passed the twentieth day of May, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-five, would touch the said river ; thence, running northerly on the said western bounds of the said fifteenth range of townships, till a line, drawn due east to the western boundary line of the said seventh range of townships, will comprehend, with the other lines of this tract, seven hundred and fifty thousand acres of land, besides the several lots and parcels of land in the said contract reserved or appropriated to particular purposes; thence, running east, to the western boundary line of the said seventh range of townships, and thence, along the said line, to the place of begioning," is hereby confirmed: And the Presi- confirmed. dent of the United States hereby is authorised and and President empowered to issue letters patent, in the name and of U. S. to under the seal of the United States, thereby granting
in grant letters
olaces, whereby Branuns patent in the and conveying to Rufus Putnam, Manasseh Cutler, name of RuRobert Oliver and Griffin Green, and to their heirs fus Putnam, and assigns, in fee simple, the said described tract of &c. land, with the reservations in the said indenture expressed, in trust for the persons composing the said Ohio Company of Associates, according to their several rights and interests, and for their heirs and as. signs, as tenants in common.
Sec. 2. The President hereby is further authorised To grant one and empowered, by letters patent, as aforesaid, to other tract to grant and convey to the said Rufus Putnam, Manas. Rufus Put
* nam, &c. seh Cutler, Robert Oliver and Griffin Green, and to their heirs and assigns, in trust, for the uses above expressed, one other tract, of two hundred and fourteen thousand, two hundred and eighty-five acres of land. Provided, That the said Rufus Putnam, Maon certain' nasseh Cutler, Robert Oliver and Griffin Green, or conditions. either of them, shall deliver to the secretary of the treasury, within six months, warrancs, which issued fór army bounty rights, sufficient for that purpose, ac
cording to the provision of a resolve of Congress of the twenty.third day of July, one thousand seven hun
dred and eighty-seven. To grant one Sec. 3. The President hereby is further authorised other tract to and empowered, by letters patent, as aforesaid, to Rufus Put.
grant and convey to the said Rufus Putnam, Manas. nam, &c.
seh Cutler, Robert Oliver and Griffin Green, and to their heirs and assigns, in fee simple, in trust, for the uses above expressed, a farther quantity of one hun. dred thousand acres of land : Provided always never
theless, That the said grant of one hundred thousand on an express acres shall be made on the express condition of be. condition.
coming void, for such part thereof, as the said company shall not have, within five years from the passing of this act, conveyed in fee simple, as a bounty and free of expense, in tracts of one hundred acres, to each male person, not less than eighteen years of age, being an actual settler at the time of such con
veyance. Where to be
Sec. 4. The said quantities of two hundred and located. fourteen thousand, two hundred and eighty-five acres,
and of one hundred thousand acres, shall be located within the limits of the tract of one million, five hun. dred thousand acres of land, described in the inden. ture aforesaid, and adjoining to the tract of land de scribed in the first section of this act, and in such form as the President, in the letters patent, shall prescribe for that purpose.
(2) John C. Symmes' Purchase.
+ Resolution. Ordered, That the above petition# be referred to
20 Oct. 1787. the board of treasury, to take order.
II. 1 ses. 19. The President of the United States hereby is au12th April, thorized, at the request of John Cleves Symmes, or 1792. Bounds of
his agent or agents, to alter the contract, made beo John C.
tween the late board of treasury and the said John Symmes Cleves Symmes, for the sale of a tract of land of one purchase of lard altered.
* Viz: The petition of John C. Symmes, proposing to purchase a tract of land ; which petition see in the appendix.
million of acres, in such manner that the said tract
of lands at
- Fort Washty of fort Harmer, between the United States and the ington. Indian nations : And provided also, That the Presi. dent reserve to the United States such lands at and near Fort Washington, as he may think necessary for the accommodation of a garrison at that Fort.
Sec. 1. The President of the United States here- II. 1st ses. 30.. by is authorized and empowered to issue letters pa- 5th May, tent in the name and under the seal of the United 1792
* President au States, thereby granting and conveying to John Cleves thorize Symmes and his associates, and to their heirs and as- sue patent signs, in fee simple, such number of acres of land as to J. C the payments already made by the said John Cleves
es so much land Symmes, his agents or associates, under their contract as he has paid of the fifteenth day of October, one thousand seven for. hundred and eighty-eight, will pay for, estimating the lands at two-thirds of a dollar per acre, and making the reservations specified in the said contract.t.
Sec. 2. The President hereby is further authorize too ed and empowered, by letters patent as aforesaid, to other tract, grant and convey to the said John Cleves Symmes and his associates, and to their heirs and assigns, in fee simple, one other tract of one hundred and six
• The tract of land designated by this act, and bounded on the north by a parallel of latitude extending from the most northerly source of the Little Miami to the Great Miami, is commonly called “ Ludlow's Survey,” and contains less than six hundred thousand acres. The quantity of one million could not be included within the bounds prescribed by the act. John C. Symmes, by a certain release, relinquished all his claim to lands beyond those bounds.
† Viz: Section No. 16, for schools ; section No. 29, for religious purposes; and sections No. 8, 11 and 26, for the fatore disposal of Congress.
thousand eight hundred and fifty-seven acres, with on certain the reservations as aforesaid : Provided, That the
said John Cleves Symmes, or his agents or associates, or any of them, shall deliver to the secretary of the treasury, within six months, warrants which issued for army bounty rights * sufficient for that purpose, according to the provision of the resolves of Congress of the twenty third of July, and second of October, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven ; but in case so many warrants should not be delivered, then the letters patent last aforesaid to be given for such number of acres as shall be in proportion to the war. rants so delivered.
Sec. 3. The President is hereby authorized and em. One town
ted powered, by letters patent as aforesaid, to grant and for semina- convey unto the said John Cleves Symmes and his assories of learnciates, their heirs and assigns, in trust, for the purpose
of establishing an academy and other public schools and seminaries of learning, one compleat township, conformably to an order of Congress, of the second of October, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven, made in coosequence of the application of the said John Cleves Symmes, for the purchase of the tract
aforesaid. The lands to
Sec. 4. The several quantities of land, to be granted be located and conveyed as aforesaid, shall be included and loagreeable to a cated within such limits and lines of boundary, as the former act. President may judge expedient, agreeably to an act
passed the twelfth day of April, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-two,« for ascertaining the bounds of a tract of land purchased by John Cleves Symmes.”+
Sec. 5. The attorney general, for the time being, in is directed and authorized to locate and accept from
M. 74. 3d March, 1803. Further provision for an academy.
* This tract (as well as that granted to the Ohio Company, and payable in military warrants) was paid for with a deduction of onethird for bad lands, that is to say; the purchasers obtained one acre and a half of land, for every acre in military warrants which they delivered ; a privilege enjoyed by no other person entitled to military bounties.
+ The patent granted by virtue of this act contains 311,682 acres, of which 248,540 are the property of the grantees, and the residue consists of the various reservations and grants for public purposes specified in the act.