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In faith whereof, the respective commissioners have signed these presents and affixed their seals. Done at the City of Washington in the District of Columbia, this 24th day of April, 1802.*

(Seal.) JAMES Madison,
(Seal.) ALBERT GALLATIN,

(Seal.) LEVI LINCOLN, Commissioners on the part of the United States.

(Seal.) JAMES JACKSON,
(Seal.) ABRAHAM BALDWIN,

(Seal.) JOHN MILLEDGE, Commissioners on the part of the State of Gcorgia. Witnesses:

J. FRANKLIN,
Senator of the United States for North Carolina.

SAMUEL A. OTIS,
Secretary of the Senate of the United States.

JOHN BECKLEY, Clerk of House of Representatives of the United States. (Miss. Terr. Stats. (1816) p. 35.)

*This was the Georgia cession proper. It did not embrace the strip twelve miles wide off the corth tourdary of the state which was the South Carolina cession, nor the southern boundary which was acquired from Spain and France, and known as the “Mobile District.”

ACTS ENLARGING THE BOUNDARIES OF MISSISSIPPI

TERRITORY.

AN ACT

Enlarging the boundaries of the Mississippi Territory, entitled “An

act supplementary to the act entitled, “An act regulating the grants of land, providing for the disposal of the lands of the United States, south of the State of Tennessee.”

SECTION 7. And be it further enacted, That the tract of country lying north of the Mississippi territory, and south of the State of Tennessee, and bounded on the east by the State of Georgia, and on the west by Louisiana, shall be, and the same is hereby annexed to, and made a part of the Mississippi territory. Approved March 7, 1804.*

(2 U. S. Statutes at Large, 303.)

AN ACT

To enlarge the boundaries of the Mississippi territory. Be it enacted by the senate and house of representatives of the United States of America in congress assembled, That all that portion of territory lying east of Pearl river, west of the Peridido, and south of the thirty-first degree of latitude, be and the same is hereby annexed to the Mississippi territory; to be governed by the laws now in force therein, or which may hereafter be enacted, and the laws and ordinances of the United States relative thereto, in like manner as if the same had originally formed a part of said territory; and until otherwise provided by law, the inhabitants of the said district hereby annexed to the Mississippi territory, shall be entitled to one representative in the general assembly thereof. Approved May 14, 1812.+

(2 U. S. Statutes at Large, 734.)

*This grant embraced a strip of land about twelve miles wide off the northern boundary of the present state, which was ceded to the United States by South Carolina in 1787.

¡This grant embraced the territory acquired from Spain and France, sometimes called the "Mobile District."

ACT ESTABLISHING THE ALABAMA TERRITORY.

Be it enacted by the senate and house of representatives of the United States of America in congress assembled, That all that part of the Mississippi territory which lies within the following boundaries, to wit: Beginning at the point where the line of the thirty-first degree of north latitude intersects the Perdido river, thence east to the western boundary line of the State of Georgia, thence along said line to the southern boundary of the State of Tennessee, thence west along said boundary line to the Tennessee river, thence up the same to the mouth of Bear creek, thence by a direct line to the northwest corner of Washington county, thence due south to the Gulf of Mexico, thence eastwardly, including all the islands within six leagues of the shore, to the Perdido river, and thence up the same to the beginning, shall, for the purpose of a temporary government, constitute a separate territory, and be called, “ Alabama.''

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That all offices which may exist, and all laws which may be in force, in said territory, within the houndaries above described, at the time this act shall go into effect, shall continue to exist, and be in force, until otherwise provided by law. And the president of the United States shall have the power to appoint a governor and secretary for the said Alabama territory, who shall respectively exercise the same power, perform the same duties, and receive for their services the same compensation, as are provided for the governor and secretary of the Mississippi territory: Provided, that the appointment of said governor and secretary, shall be submitted to the senate, for their advice and consent, at the next session of congress.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That there shall be appointed an additional judge for the Mississippi territory who shall reside in the eastern part thereof, and receive the same compensation as the other judges; and that the judge appointed by virtue of an act, passed the twenty-seventh day of March, one thousand eight hundred and four, for the appointment of an additional judge for the Mississippi territory, together with the judge appointed for Madison county, and the judge to be appointed by virtue of this act, shall possess and exercise exclusive original jurisdiction in the superior courts of Washington, Baldwin, Clarke, Monroe, Montgomery, Wayne, Greene, Jackson, Mobile, Madison and of such new counties as may be formed out of them, and shall arrange the same among themselves, from time to tine: Provided, that no judge shall sit more than twice in succession

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ACT ESTABLISHING THE ALABAMA TERRITORY.

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in the same court, and that the other judges of the Mississippi territory shall exercise, as heretofore authorized by an act of congress, or of the territorial legislature, exclusive jurisdiction in the superior courts of the other counties. That a general court, to be composed of the judge appointed by virtue of the act of twenty-seventh of March, one thousand eight hundred and four, the judge appointed for Madison county, and the judge to be appointed by virtue of this act, or any two of them, shall be holden at St. Stephens, commencing on the first Mondays of January and July, annually, who shall have the same power of issuing writs of error to the superior courts of the counties mentioned in this section, or which shall hereafter be formed in the eastern division of the territory, which was given by the act for the appointment of an additional judge, passed the year one thousand eight hundred and four, to the superior court of Adams district, and which shall possess, exclusively of the courts of the several counties, the federal jurisdiction given to the superior courts of the territories, by an act passed the third day of March, one thousand eight hundred and five, entitled "An act to extend jurisdiction in certain cases to the territorial courts."

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the governor to be appointed under the authority of this act, shall, immediately after entering into office, convene, at the town of St. Stephens, such of the members of the legislative council and house of representatives, of the Mississippi territory, as may then be the representatives from the several counties within the limits of the territory to be established by this act; and the said members shall constitute the legislative council, and the house of representatives for the aforesaid Alabama territory, whose powers, in relation to the said territory, shall be, until the expiration of the term for which they shall have been chosen, or until congress shall otherwise provide, the same in all respects as are now possessed by the legislative council, and house of representatives of the Mississippi territory; and the said legislative council, and house of representatives of the Alabama territory, so formed, shall have power to nominate six persons to the president of the United States, three of whom shall be selected by him for members of the legislative council, in addition to the number which the said territory may possess, agreeably to the foregoing provisions of this section. The said legislative council and house of representatives, shall also have power to elect a delegate to congress, who shall, in all respects, possess the same rights and immunities as other delegates from territories of the United States.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That this act shall commence and be in force so soon as the convention, the appointment whereof has been authorized by congress at their present session, shall have formed a constitution and state government for that part of the Mississippi territory lying west of the territory herein described; of which act of convention the governor of the Mississippi, for the time being, shall give immediate notice to the president of the United States, who shall there

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upon forthwith proceed to the execution of the powers vested in him by the second section of this act; but in case said convention shall fail to form a constitution and state government, as aforesaid, then this act shall become null and void, except so far as relates to the third section thereof, which shall take effect, and be in force, from and after the

passage of this act.

Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That all persons who shall be in office within the territory hereby established, when the said convention shall have formed a constitution and state government, as aforesaid, shall continue to hold and exercise their offices, in all respects as if this act had never been made; and the governor and secretary of the Mississippi territory, for the time being, shall continue to exercise the duties of their respective offices in relation to the territory hereby established, until a governor and secretary shall be appointed therefor, in pursuance to this act.

Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That all judicial process in the said territory of Alabama, shall be issued, and bear test as heretofore; nor shall any suit be discontinued, or the proceedings of any cause stayed, or in anywise affected by anything contained in this act, or in the act entitled “An act to enable the people in the western part of the Mississippi 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."

Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That the town of St. Stephens shall be the seat of government for the said Alabama territory, until it shall be otherwise ordered by the legislature thereof.

Sec. 9. And be it further enacted, That whatever balance may remain in the treasury of the Mississippi territory, at the time when the convention authorized to form a constitution and state government, for the western part of said territory, may have formed a constitution and state government for the same, shall be divided between the new state and territory, acording to the amount which may have been paid into said treasury from the counties lying within the limits of such state and territory respectively. Approved March 3, 1817.

(3 U. S. Stats. at Large, 371.) 3-AC-VOLI

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