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HARRISON: MESSAGES AND LETTERS

exigencies of the government may require, and for the performance of such other acts and things as may be deemed necessary and conformable to the ordinances and laws of Congress, for the government of the territory.[1]

Proclamation: Dividing Knox County, and Erecting Clark County

February 3, 1801

Executive Journal, 2

The governor [Harrison] Issued a proclamation dividing the county of Knox and erecting a separate county to be stiled the county of Clark the boundaries of which are as follows: beginning at the Ohio river at the mouth of Blew river, thence up the said river to the crossing of the same by the Road [Buffalo Trace] leading from Saint Vincennes to Clarksville, thence by a direct line to the nearest part of White River [Driftwood, or East Fork], thence up the said river and that branch [Blue River] thereof which runs toward Fort Recovery, and from the head springs of said branch to Fort Recovery, thence along the boundary line between the Indiana, and Northwestern Territory, to the Ohio, thence down the same river to the place of beginning at the same time directing the first session of said courts to be held at Springville in said county.

  1. The three judges were William Clark, chief justice. Henry Vander Burgh, second judge, and John Griffin, third judge. Clark died at Vincennes. November 11, 1802; Vander Burgh died at Vincennes April 12, 1812. December 23, 1805 President Jefferson nominated Griffin "judge of the territory of Michigan, agreeably to his own desires, as is represented." (Executive Journal U. S. Senate.) Waller Taylor was appointed judge April 14, 1806. Benjamin Parke was appointed in place of Thomas Terry Davis April 21, 1808. Davis was appointed February 4, 1803 on the death of Clark. For biographies, see Esarey. Courts And Lawyers Of Indiana.