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An Ordinance,

Declaring the consent of the people of the state of Missouri, by their
representatives in convention assemble, to certain conditions and
provisions in the act of congress of the sixth of March, one thousand
eight hundred and twenty, entitled `An act to authorise the people
of Missouri territory, to form a constitution and state government,
and for the admission of such state into the union on an equal foot-
ing with the original states and to prohibit stavery in certain ter
ritories'

Whereas the act of congress of the United States of America, ap-
proved March the sixth, one thousand eight hundred and twenty,

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entitled `An act to authorize the people of Missouri 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, and
to prohibit slavery in certain territories,' contains certain requisitions
and provisions, and among other things, has offered to this conven-
tion when formed, for and in behalf of the people inhabiting this
state, for their free acceptance or rejection, the five following pro-
positions, and which, if accepted by this convention in behalf of the
people as aforesaid, are to be obligatory, on the United States, viz:

`First, 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:

`Second, That all salt springs not exceeding twelve in number,
with six sections of land adjoining to each, shall be granted to the
said state, for the use of said state, the same to be selected by the
legislature of said state on or before the first day of January, in the
year one thousand eight hundred and twenty-five, and the same,
when so selected, to be used under such terms, conditions and regu-
lations as the legislature of said state shall direct; Provided, that no
salt spring the right whereof now is, of hereafter shall be, confirmed
or adjudged to any individual or individuals, shall be this section be
granted to said state; and provided also, that the legislature shall ne-
ver sell or lease the same at any one time for a longer period than few
years without the consent of congress;

`Third, That five per cent of the nett proceeds of the sale of lands
lying within the said territory or state, and which shall be sold by
congress from, and after the first day of January next, after deducting
all expenses incident to the same, shall be reserved for making pub-
lic roads and canals, of which three fifths shall be applied to those
objects within the state under the direction of the legislature thereof,
and the other two-fifths in defraying under the direction of congress,
the expenses to be incurred in making of a road or roads, canal of
canals, leading to the said state:

`Fourth, That four entire sections of land be, and the same are
hereby granted to the said state for the purpose of fixing their seat of
government thereon; which said sections shall, under the direction
of the legislature of said state, be located as near as may be in one
body, at any time, in such townships and ranges as the legislature
aforesaid may select, on any of the public lands of the United States:
Provided, that such locations shall be made prior to the public sale of
the lands of the United Sates surrounding such location.

`Fifth, That thirty-six sections, or one entire township, which
shall be designated by the President of the United States, together
with the other lands heretofore reserved for that purpose, shall be
reserved for the use of a Seminary of learning, and vested in the le-
gislature of said state, to be appropriated sorely for the use of such
seminary by the legislature;

Now this convention, for and in behalf of the people inhabiting
this state, and by the authority of the said people, do accept the five
before recited propositions offered by the act of congress under which
they are assembled; and in pursuance of the conditions, requisitions,

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and other provisions in the before recited set of congress contained,
this convention, for and in behalf of the people inhabiting this state
do ordain, agree and declare, that every and each of laud
sold by the United States from and after the first day of January
next, shell remain exempt from say tax laid by order, under the
authority of the state, whesher for state, county or township, or any
other purpose whatever, for the term of five years from and after the
respective days of sale thereof; and that the bounty lands granted,
or hereafter to be granted, for military services during the late war,
shall, while they continue to be held by the patentees or their heirs,
remain exempt as aforesaid from taxation for the term of three years
from and after the date of the patents respectively; Provided, never-
theless, that if the congress of the United States shall consent to re-
peal and revoke the following clause in the fifth proposition of the
sixth section of the act of congress before recited, and in these words,
viz `That every and each tract of land sold by the United States
from and after the first day of January next, shall remain exempt from
any tax laid by order, or under the authority of the state, whether
for state, county or township, or any other purpose whatever, for
the term of five years from and after the day of sale,' and further—
that this convention for and in behalf of the people of the state of
Missouri, do hereby ordain, consent and agree, that the same be so
revoked and repealed, without which consent of the congress as a-
foresaid the said clause to remain in fully force and operation as first
above provided for in this ordinance; and this convention doth here-
by request the congress of the United States so to modify their third
preposition, that the whole amount of five per cent on the sale of
public lands therein offered may be applied to the construction of
roads and canals, and the promotion of education within this state,
under the direction of the legislature thereof And this convention
for and in behalf of the people inhabiting this state, and by the au-
thorisy of the said peoplef do further ordain, agree, and declare,
that this ordinance shall be irrevocable without the consent of the
United States.

Done in convention, at St Louis, in the State of missou-
ri, this nineteenth day of July, in the year of our Lord
one thousand eight hundred and twenty, and of the
Independence of the United States of America the
forty fifth.

By order of the Convention.

DavidBarton, , President .

attest.

Wm.William G.Pettus, , Secretary .