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Deed of ces to them by the laws of Virginia. That all the lands sion.
within the territory so ceded to the United States, and Lands ceded not reserved for, or appropriated to, any of the beforeto be a com- mentioned purposes, or disposed of in bounties to the mon fund for officers and soldiers of the American army, shall be the United
considered as a common fund for the use and benefit States.
of such of the United States as have become, or shall become members of the confederation or federal alliance of the said states, Virginia inclusive, according to their usual respective proportions in the general charge and expenditure, and shall be faithfully and bona fide dis
posed of for that purpose, and for no other use or purThree dele. gates to dr
pose whatsoever. Provided, that the trust hereby represent.
posed in the delegates of this state, shall not be execuied unless three of them at least are present in
congress. AND WHEREAS, the said general assembly, by their resolution of June sixth, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-three, had constituted and appointed us, the said Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Hardy, Arthur Lee, and James Monroe, delegates to represent the said commonwealth in congress for one year, from the first
Monday in November then next following, which resoDelegates lution remains in fall force: Now, THEREFORE, KNOW convey the territory
YE, that we, the said Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Hardy, Arthur Lee, and James Monroe, by virtue of the power and authority committed to us by the act of the said general assembly of Virginia, before recited, and in the name, and for and on behalf, of the said commonwealth, do, by these presents, convey, transfer, assign, and make over, unto the United states, in congress assembled, for the benefit of the said states, Virginia inclusive, all right, title and claim, as well of soil as of jurisdiction, which the said commonwealth hath to the territory or tract of country within the limits of the Virginia charter, situate, lying, and being, to the northwest of the river Ohio, to and for the uses and purposes and on the conditions of the said recited act. In testimony whereof, we have hereunto subscribed our names and affixed our seals, in congress, the first day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-four, and of the independence of the United States the eighth.
TH. JEFFERSON, (L. S.) Dəed of ces-
(L. S.) Signed, sealed, and delivered in presence of
BEN. BANKSON, Junr.
the United States have caused their Great Seal to be affixed to this exemplification. WITNESS, Charles Thomson, esquire, their secretary and keeper of their Great Seal.
[From the original, in the clerk's office of the house of delegates, among the governor's communication of 1784.]
STATUTES AT LARGE.
record 150. Restriction as to
faithful services, at the lead - Common seal, how affixed,
day altered 158. Jurisdiction
tax, in cases of alievations or
press a conspiracy against the my, or British subject 138.
pose a wharfage tax 44. Wa subject, vested in Mary An-
- Ordinary keepers incapable Halifax, dissolved, and a new
vided 494. If imported, te
their glebe, and purchase a
ing to the state to be delivered
Militia, how arm-
tinental army to be raised 14.
Creditors may at-
Act to pro-