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around the fort being amply sufficient for all the purposes of the garrison.

Your memorialists would further represent that the militaTy reservation on the east side of the Mississippi river, ernbraces the only convenient steam boat landing on that side of the river, for fifteen miles below the head of navigation, and that great inconvenience is experienced by the inhabitants of the surrounding country from being excluded from its use,

In consideration of the facts above set forth and as an act of justice to the former settlers on the reserve aforesaid, your memorialists respectfully and earnestly ask that the military reserve of Fort Snelling, on the east side of the Missis. sippi, may be raised, and that the right of pre-emption on the aforesaid tract may be granted to the original settlers there. on, for the farms which they occupied and had improved, until they were driven from them by force and arms by the mil. atary of Fort Snelling in the year 1910. And your memorialists will ever pray.

TIMOTHY BURNS.
Speaker of the House of Representatives.

HORATIO N. WELLS,

President of the Council. APPROVED, March 2, 1848.

HENRY DODGE

MEMORIAL

To the President of the United States in rela

tion to the sale of certain lands.

To his Eccellency, James K. Polk, President of the United Slates.

The memorial of the council and house of representatives of the territory of Wisconsin, respectfully represents,

That at the sale of the reserved mineral lands in the lineral Point land district, in the territory of Wisconsin, held at Mineral Point, on the 24th day of May last, a number of tracts of land were withheld from sale, on account of being held under leases from the United States. The consequence therefore is, that a large number of the citizens of that coun. try are deprived of the privilege of securing a title to their homes and mineral lots, and thereby retarding the growth and improvement of the country, from the uncertainty by which their rights are held. Your petitioners would there fore request that said lands be sold in accordance with the law authorizing the sale of the reserved mineral lands in said district. And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray,

TIMOTHY BURNS,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.

HORATIO N. WELLS,

President of the Council. APPROVED, March 11, 1848.

HENRY DODGE.

MEMORIAL

To congress on the subject of reserved Mineral Lands.

The memorial of the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Wisconsin, respectfully sheweth,

That at the last session of your honorable body an act was passed, granting a pre-emption right to certain individuals upon the reserved mineral lands in the Mineral Point land district; and whereas a certain portion of those reserved lands were withheld from sale at the land sales in May last, on account of their being under leases from the United States, your petitioners would therefore humbly represent that the grant of pre-emption rights upon some of said lands are greatly detrimental to the rights and interests of the miners and settlers thoreon, as their claims are generally small, and frequently several distinct and valid claims are held upon the same quarter (quarter) section, and therefore to protect those interests, your petitioners would humbly represent that no further pre-emptions be granted upon those lands lying and being in township number two, north of range number three east of the fourth principal meridian, Mineral Point land district, Wisconsin territory. -

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

TIMOTHY BURNS, Speaker of the House of Representatives. HORATIO N. WELLS, President of the Council. APPROVED March 11, 1848.

HENRY DODGE.

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MEMORIAL

To Congress praying that Fort Howard may be vacated, and the reservation of lands thereto attached for military purposes may be sold.

To the honorable the Senate and House of Representatires of the United States, in Congress assembled:

The memorial of the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Wisconsin respectfully represents—

That Fort Howard, with the reservation of lands thereto attached for military purposes, has been vacated by the government for all military purposes whatever, for the space of seven years, with little or no probability of its ever being again similarly occupied. Indeed, the rapid settlement and improvement of the surrounding country has been and is such as to dispense with the necessity of the same or other similar establishment.

Your memorialists further represent, that Fort Howard and the out-buildings thereto attached are in a rapid state of dilapidation and decay, of no utility to government, and no benefit to the surrounding country; and that the reservation of lands are now needed by the community for agricultural and village purposes.

The said reservation embraces a large tract of land round about Green Bay, of the best character for farming purposes. and the original and most eligible site for a town. Their reserve from sale is a serious and unnecessary check upon the settlement and improvement of the town and country, which ought to be removed.

Your memorialists therefore respectfully pray that Fort Howard may be finally vacated, and the reservation of lands

thereto attached for military purposes be brought into mar-
ket and sold.
And as in duty bound will ever pray.

TIMOTHY BURNS,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.

HORATIO N. WELLS,

President of the Council. APPROVED, March 11, 1848.

HENRY DODGE.

MEMORIAL

To Congress praying for an amendment to the

law granting pre-emption rights.

To the honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the United States :

The memorial of the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Wisconsin respectfully represents

That the present laws relating to pre-emption to public lands are of but little benefit to those citizens which it is be. lieved they are intended to benefit; that those persons who take advantage from the pre-emption laws are generally persons of limited means, but of industrious habits; that one ycar is an insufficient time to improve the lands thus claim. ed and reap sufficient profit therefrom to enter such land; but that if the time of pre-emption was extended to two years it would enable the claimants to realize from the pro

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