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46th Congress, mOUSE OE KEPKESENTATIVES. f Ex.Doc.47,
3d Session. 'j \ Part 4/r .

THE PUBLIC DOMAIN

ITS HISTORY,
WITH STATISTICS,

WITH REFERENCES TO THE NATIONAL DOMAIN, COLONIZATION, ACQUIREMENT OF
TERRITORY, THE SURVEY, ADMINISTRATION AND SEVERAL METHODS OF
SALE AND DISPOSITION OF THE PUBLIC DOMAIN OF THE UNITED
STATES, WITH SKETCH OF LEGISLATIVE HISTORY OF THE
LAND STATES AND TERRITORIES, AND REFERENCES
TO THE LAND SYSTEM OF THE COLONIES,
AND ALSO. THAT OF SEVERAL
FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS.

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PUBLIC LAND COMMISSION.

COMMITTEE ON CODIFICATION.

PEEPARKD, IN PURSUANCE OF THE ACTS OF CONGRESS OF MARCH 3, 1879, AND
JUNE 16, 1880, BY THOMAS DONALDSON. OF THE COMMISSION AND'
COMMITTEE, AND GrVTiTCTTHE RESULT OF THE SEVERAL
LAND LAWS FOR THE SALE AND DISPOSITION OF
THE PUBLIC DOMAIN TO JUNE 30, 1880.

REVISED JULY 16, 1881.

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ORGANIZATION.

COMMITTEES AND PUBLICATIONS

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THE PUBLIC LAND COMMISSION.

ACTS OF CONGRESS OF MARCH 8, 1879, AND JUNE 16, 1880.

President, JAMES A. WILLIAMSON, Commissioner General Land Office.

CLARENCE KING, U. S. Geologist.

ALEXANDER T. BRITTON.

JOHN W. POWELL.

THOMAS DONALDSON.
Secretary, CLARENCE E. DUTTON, Capt. Orduance, U. S. A.

COMMITTEES OF THE COMMISSION.

Committee on Classification:

JAMES A. WILLIAMSON, Chairman, ex officio.
CLARENCE KING.
JOHN W. POWELL.

Committee on Codification:
JAMES A. WILLIAMSON, Chairman, ex officio.
ALEXANDER T. BRITTON.
THOMAS DONALDSON.

PUBLICATIONS OF THE COMMISSION.

Prepared and compiled by the Commission:

Preliminary report, with testimony, February 24,1880, 1 vol.

By the Committee on Codification.

Prepared and compiled by Mr. Alexander T. Britton:

United States Land Laws, General and Permanent, 1 vol.
United States Land Laws, Local and Temporary, 2 vols.

Prepared and executed by Mr. Thomas Donaldson:

The Public Domain, ite History, with Statisties, 1 vol.

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CONTENTS.

Page.

Chapter I.—Area Of The National Domain, Which Includes The Pub-

Lic Domain, With Statistics 1-29

II.—English Colonization In America And Colonial Charters

1579 To 1771 30-55

III. —Organization Ok The Government Op The United States,

And Cessions Of Lands Thereto By The Several States

Of The Union 56-88

IV. —Acquisition, By Purchase, Conquest, And Treaty, Of Ter-

Ritory To The National And Public Domain By The

United States From 1808 To 1867 89-145

V.—The Ordinance Of 1787. TnE Northwest And Southwest-

Ern Territories 146-163

VI.—Administration And Surveys 164-177

VII.—Surveys Of The Public Lands 178-195

VIII.—Method Of Sale, Price, And Disposition Of The Public Do-

Main From 1784 TO 1880 19t5-208

■ IX.—Miscellaneous Donations Of Land And Special Grants. .. 209-213

X.—The Pre-emption Acts 214-216

XI.—Saline Lands 217-21S

XII.—Swamp Ani> Overflowed Lands 219-222

XIII. —Educational Land Grants By The United States To Pub-

Lic Land And Other States 223-231_

XIV. —Land Bounties For Military And Naval Service 232-237

XV.—Two, Three, And Five Per Cent. Funds 238-239*"

XVI.—Indian Reservations From The Public Domain 240-248

'XVII.—Military Reservations Upon The Public Domain 249-254

XVIII.—State Selections 255

XIX.—Distribution Act Of September 4, 1841 256

XX.—Canal, Wagon, And Railroad Grants 257-288

XXI.—Scrip 289-290

XXII.—Graduation Act Of 1854 291

XXIII. —Coal Lands 292-294

XXIV. —Donation Acts 295-297

XXV.—Town-site And County-seat Acts 298-306

XXVI.—Mines On The Public Domain 306-331

XXVII.—Homesteads 332-356

XXVLII.— Timber And Stone Acts 357-359

XXIX.—Timber Culture 360-363

XXX.—Desert Lands 363-364

XXXI.—Private Land Claims 365-410

XXXII.—Existing Methods Of Classification, Sale, And Disposi-

Tion Of Public Lands 411-415

XXXIII. —States And Territories, 1776 To 1880 416-464

XXXIV. —Tenures In The American Colonies 465-476

XXXV.—Methods Of Survey And Disposition Of Public Or Crown

Lands In Canada, Brazil, Mexico, And Australia 477-516

rNDEX 517-544

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