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Certainly it was not the intention of Congress to turn over the debts and prospectively encumbered lands of an old and badly managed territo:ial institution, but to give the State that was to be, a grant for a State university, free from all connections with territorial organizations.

Will you, therefore, take the steps indicated in the enabling act, and appoint, at an early day, some one to select two townships of land for the State university, incorporated by the last legislature?

AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE LAND GRANT.

Under "An act donating public lands to the several States and Territories which may provide colleges for the benefit of agriculture and the mechanic arts," approved July 2, 1862, Minnesota is entitled to 120,000 acres, of which none has been sold.

THE FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND ACRES Due the sTATE.

The five hundred thousand acres due the State by the provisions of an act of Congress entitled "An act to appropriate the proceeds of the sales of the public lands," etc., approved the fourth day of September, one thousand eight hundred and forty-one, which, by provisions of the Constitutions of Wisconsin, Iowa, Oregon, Kansas, California, and Nevada, are appropriated to educational purposes, do not appear as yet to have been set apart by Minnesota.

TABLE I.-Historical and statistical data of the United States.
[Compiled from Report of the Commissioner of the Land Office for 1867.]

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*Area taken from geographical authorities and not from public surveys.

+ Total population in 1860 was 31,500,000; estimated in 1867 to be 38,500,000.

To the white population in Nevada should be added 10,507 Indians; and in Colorado, 2,261 Indians.

That portion of District of Columbia south of the July 9, 1846, (Stat. vol. 6, p. 35.)

As estimated January 1, 1865.

Potomac river was retroceded to Virginia
By census of 1867.

TABLE II.-Showing the area of the several States and Territories containing public lands, and the quantity devoted for educational

purposes by Congress up to June 30, 1867.

[Compiled from Report of the Commissioner of the Land Office for 1867.]

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Acres.

704, 488

69, 120

Indiana

33,809

21, 637, 760

650, 317

46,080

Illinois

55, 410

35, 462, 400

985, 066

46,080

Missouri.

65, 350

41,824, 000

1, 199, 139

46,080

244, 384. 51

147, 797.25

Alabama.

50, 722

32,462, 080

902, 774

46,080

21, 949. 46

Mississippi.

47, 156

30, 179, 840

937, 584

46,080

Louisiana.

41,346

26, 461, 440

786, 044

46,080

Michigan..

56, 451

36, 128, 640

1,067, 397

46,680

225, 253.88

960, 807.59

Arkansas

52, 198

33, 4-6, 720

886, 460

46,080

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20, 924. 22

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1,835, 892. 71
6,915,081. 32
4,930, 893, 56
6,582, 841.54
5, 180, 640, 63
11,757, 662, 54
17,540, 374.00
3, 113, 464. 18
10,016, 700. 87
106,062, 392. 13
36, 776, 170.89
52,742,078.96
43, 148, 876. 44
67,090, 382.62
42, 523, 627.38
41, 627, 461. 39
73, 005, 192.00
51, 139, 646. 00
145, 295, 284.97
62,870, 665,83
86, 904, 605, 0
68,855,954. 03
54,963, 343, 00
44, 154, 240, 00
369, 529, 600.00

Total.

2,867, 185

1,834, 998, 400

67,983, 914

1,082, F80 1, 159, 499. 65 3, 192, 582. 22

44, 971. 11

1,414, 567, 574.96

The whole quantity liable to be issued under the act of July 2, 1862, is 9,600,000 acres.

PROVISIONS RESPECTING EDUCATION

IN THE

CONSTITUTIONS OF THE SEVERAL STATES.

PRELIMINARY REPORT.

THE following pages contain the provisions of the successive Constitutions of the several States, in reference to Education, Literature and Science, together with a series of propositions embracing the cardinal features of a system of public instruction, which the Constitution might make obligatory on the Legislature to establish.

HENRY BARNARD,

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, WASHINGTON, 1868.

Commissioner.

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