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STATE LAND OFFICE
GOVERNOR OF IOWA,
OCTOBER 1, 1877.
DAVID SECOR, REGISTER.
R. P. CLARKSON, STATE PRINTER.
DES MOINES, Iowa, October 1, 1877. TO HIS EXCELLENCY, JOSHUA G. NEWBOLD, Governor of Iowa:
SIR-In compliance with the provisions of Chapter 159, Acts of Sixteenth General Assembly, I have the honor to submit the following report of the transactions of this department for the biennial period beginning November 1, 1875, and ending September 30, 1877, together with such other information as I think to be of sufficient general interest to embody in this report.
The Hon. J. A. Harvey, in his report of this office, published in the year 1865, reviewed to that date the congressional and legislative enactments relating to the several grants. These reports are nearly exhausted, and as there appears to be an increased desire for informa-. ion pertaining to land titles, to aid those in search of such informaion, I give a brief history of each grant.
The subjects of this report will be considered in the following order:
1st-The 500,000 Acre Grant.
2d-The Sixteenth Section Grant.
3d-The Mortgage School Lands.
4th-The University Grant.
5th-The Saline Grant.
6th-The Agricultural College Grant.
7th-The Des Moines River Grant.
8th-The Swamp Land Grant.
9th-The Railroad Grant.