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PREFACE.

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The object, purposes and scope of these publications of Documentary Material Relating to the History of Iowa are stated in the General Introduction: a restatement in this place would be mere supererogation.

Criticisms call for an explanation of the method of editing the material herein contained. That the investigator may be his own judge of the value of this material, I have taken pains to indicate specifically at the end of each document the source from which the given document is reprinted or transcribed. And in transcribing I have followed the copy of the original literally: that is to say, I have avoided all tampering with the sources from which the material is drawn. result it will be observed that in these publications typographical errors are reproduced along with other peculiarities in spelling, punctuation, capitalization, sentence construction, and such like.

It is with pleasure that I take this opportunity of thanking those (especially my University students) who have rendered service in the way of copying material or comparing the proof-sheets with the originals. Mr. George S. Schaeffer and Mr. H. Claude Horack deserve special mention in this connection. Others to be mentioned in the same connection are: Messrs. F. D. Merritt, F. W. Beckman, J. R. Frailey and H. W. Hanson. To Dr. J. L. Pickard, Professor Isaac

A. Loos, Mr. Charles Aldrich and Dr. T. S. Parvin I am grateful for encouragement.

The numbers included in this volume were prepared and published as follows: numbers I. and II. early in the year 1895; numbers III. and IV. early.in the year 1896; numbers V., VI. and VII. in the summer of 1896; and number VIII. in April, 1897.

It is proposed to continue these publications as time and opportunity may permit.

BENJ. F. SHAMBAUGH, State University of Iowa,

April, 1897

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Introduction,

THE TERRITORY OF THE NORTHWEST.

An Ordinance for the Government of the Territory of the

United States, northwest of the river Ohio,

An Act to provide for the Government of the Territory

Northwest of the river Ohio, . .

An Act respecting the government of the territories of the

United States northwest and south of the river Ohio,

THE COMMON LAW.

law declaring what laws shall be in force [in the Territory

of ihe North west), ·

THE TERRITORY OF INDIANA.

An Act to divide the territory of the United States north-

west of the Ohio into two separate governments,

THE TERRITORY OF MICHIGAN.

An Act to divide the Indiana Territory into two separate gov-

ernments,

An Act authorizing the election of a delegate from the Mich-

igan territory to the Congress of the United States, and

extending the right of suffrage to the citizens of said terri-

tory,

An Act to provide for the appointment of an additional judge

for the Michigan territory, etc.,

An Act to amend the ordinance and acts of Congress for the

Government of the territory of Michigan, etc.,

An Act in addition to an act, entitled “An act to amend the

ordinance and acts of Congress for the government of the

territory of Michigan,” etc.,

An Act to allow the citizens of the territory of Michigan to

elect the members of their legislative council, etc.,

THE LEGISLATIVE POWERS OF THE GOVERNOR AND JUDGES OF THE

TERRITORY OF MICHIGAN.

The Preface to Woodward's Code,

THE STATUTES OF THE ENGLISH PARLIAMENT REPEALED.

An Act to repeal all acts of the Parliament of England, and

of the Parliament of Great Britain, within the Territory of

Michigan in the United States of America, etc., . ,

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