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SEVENTEENTH CONGRESS. Sess.`{. Ch. 14. 1822. 659 mum; of the said territory; and they shall, until the legislature themcf ¤¤l¤¤¢i<>n of shan otherwise direct, be selected in such manner as the judges of the said "‘°"‘· courts shall respectively prescribe, so as to be most conducive to an impartial trial, and to be least burthensome to the inhabitants of the said territory. Sm;. 12. And be it further enacted, That it shall not be lawful for I,,,,,,,,,,;,.,,, any person or PCTSOHS to lmp0l’l Or bring into the said territory, from any of elaves proport or place without the limits of the United States, or cause or pm- 1“b““d· cure to be so imported or brought, or knowinglyto aid or assist in so importing or bringing, any slave or slaves. And every person so 0iTend- Under a pening, and being thereof convicted before any court within the said terri- fw Q." 3°° d°1‘ tory, having competent jurisdiction, shall forfeit and pay, for each and pa;SO;?n§,,.°a°h every slave so imported or brought, the sum of three hundred dollars, every slave. one moiety for the use of the United States, and the other moiety for the use of the person or persons who shall sue for the same ; and every I slave so imported or brought shall thereupon become entitled to, and receive, his or her freedom. Sec. 13. And be it further enacted, That the laws in force in the 1€¥¤¤¤¤¤ terrisaid territory, at the commencement of this act, and not ineon istent with the provisions thereof, shall continue in force until altered, modified, ed. F 0r repealed, by the legislature. Sec. 14. And be itfurfher enacted, That the citizens of the said ter- Ci¤i¤<-me of ritory shall be entitled to one delegate to Congress, for the said territory, 3‘tfc$:'3*:’g'e§‘; who shall possess the same powers heretofore granted to the delegates gate, Sm. from the several territories of the United States. The said delegate TM p¤r¤<>¤¤ shall be elected by such description of persons, at such times, and under ES t““°· such regulations, as the governor and legislative council may, from time which, Bac., the to time, ordain and direct. delegate may Approved, March 30, 1822. b° °l°°t°d' "`°°`_` Srarurm I. CHAP. XlV.—.z2n Act to authorize the state of Illinois to open a canal through Much $@1822- the public lands, to connect the Illinois river with Lake Jlhcldgan. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Act of March States of America, in Congress assembled, That the state of Illinois 2» l?27»_<=h· 5L be, and is hereby, authorized to survey and mark, through the public theri:_§fu";;"_ lands of the United States, the route of the canal connecting the Illi- vey and mark nois river with the southern bend of Lake Michigan; and ninety feet ;l“`°“gh P¤bU¤ of land on each side of said canal shall be for ever reserved from any oaf2sés3S';:;? sale to be made by the United States, except in the cases hereinaiter necting Illinois provided for, andthe use thereof for ever shall be, and the same is here- river with the by, vested in the said state for a canal, and for no other purpose what- ;?.“£l;;;°]2?;’&_ ever; on condition, however, that if the said state does not survey and gan,and 90feet direct by law said canal to be opened, and return a complete map <>¤ ¤¤¤h Side thereof to the Treasury Department, within three years from and after QQ? the passing of this act; or if the said canal be not completed, suitable mw roy,',,,...; for navigation, within twelve years thereafter; or if said ground Shall <>¤ <><>¤di¢i¤¤» ever cease to be occupied by, and used for, a canal, suitable for naviga- °‘°‘ tion; the reservation and grant hereby made shall be void and of none _ Gffectt Provided always, and it is hereby enacted and declared, That no- b¥'°‘g:° ?°;° thing in this act contained, or that shall be done in pursuance thereof, shall ghelizn not- dm be deemed or construed to imply any obligation on the part of the United ezmno United States to appropriate any money tp defray the expenses of survey- :nPP1;>P¤;;° ing or opening said canal : Provided also, and it is hercbyfurfhcr enacted ° y’_ ' and declared, That the said canal, when completed, shall be, and for ever a1P;1°'¤¤° L°¤· remain, a public highway for the use of the government of the United ;ubu;;§,w,,,_ States, free from any toll or other charge whatever, for any property of me of toll to