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Allen's Grove. Big Foot Prairie. Bloomfield.
Elk Horn (c.h.).
PUBLIC LANDS-PRE-EMPTION LAW.
CIRCULAR TO REGISTERS AND RECEIVERS OF THE UNITED STATES LAND OFFICES.
GENERAL LAND OFFICE, Sept. 15, 1841.
Gentlemen:- Annexed is a copy of that portion of an act of Congress, approved on the 4th instant, entitled "An act to appropriate the proceeds of the sales of the Public Lands, and to grant Pre-emption Rights," which has relation to the subject of pre-emption.
The individual claiming the benefits of said act must be: -
First. A citizen of the United States, or have filed his declaration of intention to become a citizen at the time of the settlement on which his claim is based.
Second. Either the head of a family, or a widow, or a single man over the age of
Third. An inhabitant of the tract sought to be entered, upon which, in person, he has made a settlement, and erected a dwelling-house since the first of June, 1840, and prior to the time when the land is applied for; which land must, at the date of the settlement, have had the Indian title extinguished, and been surveyed by the United States.
A person failing in any one of these requisites can have no claim by virtue of this act.
A person bringing himself within each of the above requirements, by proof satisfactory to the Register and Receiver of the Land District in which the lands may He, taken pursuant to the rules hereinafter prescribed, will, after having taken the affidavit required by the act, be entitled to enter, by legal subdivisions, any num. ber of acres not exceeding one hundred and sixty, or a quarter section, to include his residence; and he may avail himself of the same at any time prior to the day of the commencement of the public sale, including said tract, where the land has not yet been proclaimed.
Where the land was subject to private entry, at the date of the settlement made since the first of June, 1840, and prior to the passage of this act, and the settler is desirous of securing the same under this act, he must give notice of his intention to purchase the same under its provisions within three months from the passage of the law; that is, before the fourth day of December next.
Where the land was subject to private entry at the date of the aw, and a settlement shall thereafter be made upon such land, or where the land shall hereafter become subject to private entry, and after that period a settlement shall be made, which the settler is desirous of securing under this act, such notice of his intention must be given within thirty days after the date of such settlement. Such notice. in all cases, must be a written one, describing the land settled upon, and declaring the intention of such person to claim the same under the provisions of this act. (Sea Forms A and B, hereto annexed.)
In the first case, the proof, affidavit, and payment, must be made within twelve months after the passage of this act; and, in the other case, within twelve months after the date of such settlement.