James Madison Papers

Proclamation of Public Land Sales, 22 June 1815

22 June 1815

Whereas the President of the United States, did by two proclamations, bearing date the 22d day of October 1808, and 22d day of June 1811, and in Conformity with the several provisions of the Acts of Congress therein recited, declare that the sales of a Certain portion of the public lands contained in the District West of Pearl River in the Mississippi Territory, should take place on the second Tuesday in January 1809, and on the second Tuesday in November 1811; And whereas a considerable part of the residue of the Lands contained in the said district, to which the Indian Title has been extinguished, appears to be now surveyed;

Wherefore, I. James Madison President of the United States in Conformity with the provisions of the Acts of Congress for the sale and disposal of the public lands south of the State of Tennessee, Do hereby declare and make known, that public Sales for the disposal of all the public lands contained in the District West of Pearl River in the Mississippi Territory, the Indian Title to which has been extinguished, and which have not already been exposed to public sale by virtue of the Proclamations aforesaid, nor otherwise disposed of or excepted by Law, and the Survey whereof shall have been completed and returned to the Register of the Land Office, prior to the first day of October 1815, shall be held at Washington, Mississippi Territory, and commence on the second Tuesday in October One thousand eight hundred and fifteen.

Given under my hand the twenty second day of June one thousand eight hundred and fifteen--

(signed) James Madison

Printed Source--Clarence Edwin Carter et al., eds. The Territorial Papers of the United States. 27 vols. (Washington, D.C., 1934-69).: Volume VI: The Territory of Mississippi, 1809-1817.

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