United States Statutes at Large/Volume 4/18th Congress/1st Session/Chapter 137

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May 24, 1824.
Chap. CXXXVII.—An Act providing for a grant of land for the seat of government in the territory of Frorida, [Florida] and for other purposes.

One quarter section of land granted to the territory of Florida for the seat of government.Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there shall be, and hereby is, granted to the territory of Florida, one entire quarter section of land, or fractional section, not exceeding in quantity one quarter section, for the seat of government in that territory, to be located previously to the sale of the adjacent lands, under the authority of the governor thereof, at the point selected for the permanent seat of government for said territory.

The governor, &c. to adopt such measures for the sale of said land, as they may deem expedient.Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the governor and legislative council of the territory aforesaid, or a majority thereof, be, and they are hereby, authorized to adopt such measures as to them may seem expedient for the sale of said tract of land, or any part thereof, for the purpose of raising a fund for the erection of public buildings at said seat of government.

Three entire quarter sections to be reserved for the United States.Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That there shall be, and hereby are, reserved from sale, three entire quarter sections of lands of the United States, lying contiguous to, and adjoining, the quarter section granted by the first section of this act, to be located by the governor of said territory. Part of the 7th section of the act of March 3, 1823, ch. 29, repealed.Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That so much of the seventh section of the act of Congress, of the third of March, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-three, entitled “An act amending and supplementary to the act, entitled ‘An act to provide for the survey and disposal of the public lands in Florida,’” as prevents the appointment of a surveyor of Florida, until the commissioners shall have decided and reported on the private claims in said territory, be, and the same is hereby, repealed; and the eastern and western land districts in said territory shall be divided and separated by the Suwaney river, and not by the ancient line of division between the provinces of East and West Florida, as prescribed by the eighth section of the act aforesaid.

Approved, May 24, 1824.