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The Northwest Territorial Government--1789

The Northwest Territorial Government--1789.          61


and the same is hereby, ratified and confirmed, anything to the

contrary in the deed of cession of said territory by this common-

wealth to the United States notwithstanding.*








An act to provide for the government of the Territory northwest of the

river Ohio.

WHEREAS, In order that the ordinance of the United

States in Congress assembled, for the government of the terri-

tory northwest of the river Ohio, may continue to have full effect,

it is requisite that certain provisions should be made, so as to

adapt the same to the present constitution of the United States:

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of

the United States of America in Congress assembled, That in all

cases in which, by said ordinance, any information is to be given

or communication made by the Governor of the said territory

to the United States in Congress assembled, or to any of their

officers, it shall be the duty of said Governor to give such infor-

mation and to make such communication to the President of

the United States; and the President shall nominate, and, by

and with the advice and consent of the Senate shall appoint all

officers which, by said ordinance, were to have been appointed

by the United States in Congress assembled, and all officers so

appointed shall be commissioned by him; and in all cases where

the United States in Congress assembled might, by the said


* The act of Virginia of December 18, 1789, concerning the erection of

Kentucky into an independent State, contained the following proviso:

"Sec. 7. The use and navigation of the river Ohio, so far as the terri-

tory of the proposed State, or the territory which shall remain within the

limits of this commonwealth, lies therein, shall be free and common to the

citizens of the United States; and the respective jurisdictions of this com-

monwealth and of the proposed State, on the river as aforesaid, shall be

concurrent only with the States which may possess the opposite shores of

the said river."