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Modified Cession of Virginia

Modified Cession of Virginia.          59


Assembly of Virginia before recited, and in the name, and for and

on behalf of, the said commonwealth, do, by these presents, con-

vey, transfer, assign, and make over unto the United States in

Congress assembled, for the benefit of the said States, Virginia

inclusive, all right, title, and claim, as well of soil as of jurisdiction,

which the said commonwealth hath to the territory or tract

of country within the limits of the Virginia charter, situate, lying,

and being to the northwest of the River Ohio, to and for the uses

and purposes and on the conditions of the said recited act.

In testimony whereof, We have hereunto subscribed our names

and affixed our seals, in Congress, the 1st day of March, in the

year of our Lord 1784, and of the Independence of the United

States the eighth.





(ACT OF DEC. 30, 1788, 12 V., HEN. ST. VA., p. 780.)

SECTION 1. Whereas-the United States in Congress as-

sembled, did on the seventh day of July, in the year of our Lord

one thousand seven hundred and eighty-six, state certain reasons

showing that a division of the territory which hath been ceded

to the said United States by this commonwealth into States, in

conformity to the terms of cession, should the same be adhered

to, would be attended with many inconveniences, and did recon-

mend a revision of the act of cession, so far as to empower Con-

gress to make such division of the said territory into distinct

and republican states, not more than five, nor less than three in

number, as the situation of that country and future circumstances

might require.

And the said United States in Congress assembled, hath,

in an ordinance for the government of the territory northwest

of the river Ohio, passed on the thirteenth of July, one thousand

seven hundred and eighty-seven, declared the following as one

of the articles of compact between the original States and the

people and States in the said territory, viz: (Here the fifth article

of the Ordinance of July 13, 1787, is recited.)-And it is ex-