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Proclamation Forbidding Sale of Lands West of Ohio River

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Date June 15, 1785
Author Name Richard Henry Lee (primary)
Recipient Name [not available]
Summary A Congressional Proclamation issued to warn settlers on unappropriated lands west of the Ohio River to depart immediately or stay at their own peril.
Document Format Copy of Signed Document
Document Notes [not available]
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups Richard Henry Lee; Charles Thomson; congress; settlers; citizens; disorderly persons; ;
Related Places Ohio River; ;
Keywords land; federal authority; resolutions; offices of sale; surveyed; ;
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Whereas, it has been represented to the UNITED
disorderly Persons have crossed the River Ohio",
and settled upon their unappropriated LANDSĀ :--
And Whereas, it is their Intention, as soon as it shall be surveyed, to open Offices for
the Sale of a considerable Part thereof, in such Proportions, and under such other Re-
gulations as may suit the Convenience of all the Citizens of the said States, and others,
who may wish to become Purchasers of the same;--and as such Conduct tends to de-
feat the Object which they have in view, is in direct Opposition to the Ordinances and
Resolutions of Congress, and is highly disrespectful to the Federal Authority----they
have therefore thought fit, and do hereby issue this their PROCLAMATION, strictly for-
biding all such unwarrantable Intrusions, and enjoining all those who have settled
thereon to depart, with their Families and Effects, without Loss of Time, as they shall
answer the same at their Peril.
DONE by the United States in Congress assembled the fifteenth Day of
June, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-Five, and the Ninth
Year of the Independence of the United States of America.
Richard Henry Lee, P.
Charles Thomson, Sec'ry
Printed by F. Childs, No, 17, DUKE-STREET