James Madison Papers

Presidential Proclamation, 7 July 1810 (Abstract)

§ Presidential Proclamation1

7 July 1810, Washington. Announces a sale for the disposal of the “quarter Sections of land adjacent [to] the old Indian boundary line, in the Indiana Territory, and East of the second principal Meridian,” to be held at Jeffersonville, Indiana Territory, on the [third Monday] in [November] 1810. Issues the proclamation in conformity with the authority conferred by the following acts: the second section of “An Act making provision for the disposal of the public lands, situated between the United States military Tract and the Connecticut Reserve,” passed 3 Mar. 1807; the third section of “An act providing for the Sale of certain lands in the Indiana Territory,” passed 30 Apr. 1810; and the first section of “An Act concerning the Sale of the Lands of the United States,” passed 31 Mar. 1808.

Draft (DNA: RG 49, Records of the General Land Office, Jeffersonville, Ind., Registrar and Receiver Letters, vol. 19, sect. D). 4 pp. In a clerk’s hand. Printed in Carter, Territorial Papers, Indiana, 8:30–32.

1The proclamation resulted from a letter sent by Samuel Gwathmey of the Jeffersonville Land Office to Gallatin, 15 June 1810, inquiring about the disposal of some remaining fractions of public land in the Indiana Territory. Gallatin directed a clerk to draw up a proclamation for the public sale of the lands. A draft was ready by 5 July 1810, evidently submitted to JM two days later, and then forwarded by Gallatin to Gwathmey on 10 July (ibid., 8:24–25, 33).

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