James Madison Papers

From James Madison to United States Congress, 6 February 1816

February 6th. 1816.

To the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States.

It is represented that the lands in the Michigan Territory designated by law towards satisfying the land bounties promised to the Soldiers of the late army, are so covered with swamps and lakes or otherwise unfit for cultivation, that a very inconsiderable proportion can be applied to the intended grants. I recommend therefore that other lands be designated by Congress for the purpose of supplying the deficiency.

James Madison

DNA: RG 233—LRHR—Legislative Records of the House of Representatives.

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