An Ordinance, 1818, Page 1


An Ordinance.

WHEREAS the Congress of the United States in the act entitled, "An act to enable the people of the Illinois territory to form a constitution and state government and for the admission of such state into the union on an equal footing with the original states, passed the 18th of April, 1818," [click here for more information] have offered to this convention for their free acceptance or rejection, the following propositions, which if accepted by the convention are to be obligatory upon the United States, viz:

"1st. That section numbered sixteen in every township, and when such section has been sold, or otherwise disposed of, other lands equivalent thereto, and as contiguous as may be, shall be granted to the state for the use of the inhabitants of such township for the use of schools.

2nd. That all salt springs within such state and the lands reserved for the use of the same shall be granted to the said state for the use of the said state, and the same to be used under such terms and conditions and regulations as the legislature of said state shall direct; Provided the legislature shall never sell nor lease the same for a longer period than ten years at any one time.

3d. That five per cent, of the nett proceeds of the lands lying within such state, and which shall be sold by congress from and after the first day of January, one thousand eight hundred and nineteen, after deducting all expences incident to the same, shall be reserved for the purposes following, viz : Two-fifths to be disbursed under the direction of congress, in making roads leading to the state; the residue to be appropriated by the legislature of the state for the encouragement of learning, of which one-sixth part shall be exclusively bestowed on a college or university.


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