James Madison Papers

Land Sales in Ohio, [5 January] 1797

Land Sales in Ohio

[5 January 1797]

Mr. Madison submitted it to the mover1 whether it might not be more proper immediately to make the Enquiry of the proper department, without a committee. In general he did not see the necessity of a committee when the application could be immediately made to the department.

Claypoole’s Am. Daily Advertiser, 7 Jan. 1797 (reprinted in Philadelphia Gazette, 9 Jan. 1797, and Gales’s Independent Gazetteer, 10 Jan. 1797).

1Gallatin (Pennsylvania) had proposed: “Resolved, That a committee be appointed to inquire into the progress made in carrying into effect the act providing for the sale of lands in the Territory Northwest of the river Ohio, and above the mouth of Kentucky river, and also whether any, and if any, what, alterations are necessary in the same.” A committee of five was appointed (Annals of Congress description begins Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States … (42 vols.; Washington, 1834–56). description ends , 4th Cong., 2d sess., 1818).

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