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only the EXCESS PAID FOR is to be carried into the Receiver's QUARTERLY account.

Such changed entries must always appear at the foot of the monthly returns as ADDENDA, and must not affect the aggregate sales, either as to quantity or purchase money, further than the EXCESS in areas, and PURCHASE money for the same.

In any case which may be reported for repayment, and in which the department may decide that the party is legally entitled, such repayment will be made by warrant from the Treasury.


The act of August 4th, 1854, reducing and graduating the prices of the public land to actual settlers thereon, having been repealed by the act of June 2d, 1862, no further entries of land under the said act can be made; and it only remains to close up such entries as have been made and not perfected by the issue of patent. This may be done

1st. By proving actual settlement, residence, and cultivation, as required by the act of 1854; or

2d. By paying the difference between the graduated price paid at the date of entry, and the regular minimum price of the land at $1.25 per acre (or $2.50, should the tract fall upon a railroad reserved section); or

3d. By abandoning the land to the government, in which case it will become, after the cancellation of the graduated entry, subject to entry under the pre-emption or Homestead Laws; and after public notice of sale, subject to private entry as other public lands.


This class of land Scrip was authorized by the act of April 2d, 1862, granting aid to agricultural and mechanical colleges in the several States. The extent of the grant is 30,000 acres for each Senator and Representative to which the State is entitled in the Congress of the United States. States which contained a sufficient quantity of public land to satisfy the grant, must take the land within their own boundaries; but those having no United States lands within their limits, may demand Scrip.

Each piece of Scrip represents one quarter section of landequal to 160 acres.

It can be located only upon a technical quarter section. It will not take a part of two sections, nor a part of two quarters in the same section.

It must be located upon land subject to private entry at $1.25 per acre; that is, land which has been offered at public auction, and not sold, and which remains unoccupied and subject to sale at the price above named.

It cannot be located upon mineral lands, nor can it be received in payment of lands claimed by pre-emption or homestead-nor can more than one million of acres be located in any one State. The Scrip cannot be located by a State, but must be sold and located by the assignees.

There is no restriction as to the quantity which may be located in any Territory.

This Scrip cannot be located upon $2.50 or double minimum lands, although the States in which such lands are situated may select them, accepting half the quantity in satisfaction of their claim.

The fee of the local land officers is four dollars upon each piece of Scrip.

The States to which Scrip has been issued, or which are entitled to it under the law, are as follows:

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Massachusetts.......... 360,000 Maryland....

New Hampshire....... 150,000 N. Carolina......







... 270,000


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210,000 S. Carolina......

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Rhode Island........... 120,000 Texas......

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The States not named in the foregoing list select lands within their own limits, and consequently receive no Scrip.

Congress has recently suspended the delivery of Scrip to the States not represented in that body.


This is a class of government land Scrip issued to the Sioux and Chippewa tribes of Indians and to their half-breed descendants, in payment for rights to certain reservations which they relinquished. There is a very limited amount in circulation, and it may be used in the entry of the public lands as follows:

1st. It is not assignable, but must be located in the name and for the use of the Indian or half-breed in whose name it was issued.

2d. The location may be made by the party in person, or by his or her regularly constituted attorney.

3d. The Scrip will lay upon any of the surveyed non-mineral public lands of the United States not reserved or otherwise disposed of.

4th. Upon any unsurveyed public lands upon which the party may have improvements.

5th. Upon any unoccupied lands subject to pre-emption, whether surveyed or unsurveyed.

6th. If filed upon unsurveyed lands, the application must be accompanied by a diagram of the tract, and possession maintained in such a manner as to be fair notice to all other persons of the claim to and occupancy of the premises; and within three months after the survey of the tract by the United States, and the return of the plat of such survey to the local land office, the party must repair to such local office and make claim to the proper legal subdivisions covered by the diagram.

7th. No fees are required to be paid on the location of this class of Scrip, and no receipt is given for the same by the local officers.

8th. Said officers are required to send up to the General Land Office the application, properly certified by themselves, and attach to each application a certificate to the following effect:

"We hereby certify that the within certificate has

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Excess receipts are issued for the payment for any fraction less than forty acres or the smallest legal subdivision, which it may be necessary to include in the location, in excess of the number of acres called for by the Scrip.


This is a class of Land Scrip issued under the act of the 31st of August, 1852, in favor of the present proprietors of unsatisfied Virginia military land warrants issued or allowed by the authorities of the State of Virginia prior to the 1st of March, 1852.

The Scrip is issued for eighty acre tracts of land, except for fractions, to which the claimant may be entitled, after deducting the eighty acre certificate.

When Scrip is claimed, located or sold by the “guardian of an infant" or the husband of a "femme covert," the evidence of their being such guardian or husband must fully appear.

This Scrip is "assignable by indorsement, attested by two witnesses," in the following manner, upon the back of the certificate: For value received (I, or we, as the case may be), the present proprietor of the within certificate of Scrip, do hereby sell and assign the same to

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This Scrip is "receivable in payment of any lands owned by the United States, subject to sale at private entry," except such lands as are claimed by pre-emption, or are settled upon and cultivated, and can be applied at the rate of $1.25 per acre, in the same manner as money, in all cases where the tract applied for contains the area specified in the Scrip, or more; where it contains less, the excess of the Scrip cannot be refunded in money, but may be denoted in the relinquishment as applicable to any

other tract.



Any person who is a citizen of the United States, or has declared his intention to become such under the laws of the United States, and who is:

1st. The head of a family.

2d. Who has arrived at the age of twenty-one years.

3d. Who has served in the army or navy of the United States during actual war, for at least fourteen days, and who has never borne arms against the United States government, or given aid

or comfort to its enemies.

Any person possessing the foregoing qualifications may enter 160 acres or a less quantity of the surveyed public lands of the United States; the land to be in a compact body, and in conformity to the lines of the public surveys; unoccupied and subject to entry under the pre-emption laws, at $1.25 per acre. Double minimum or railroad reserved sections may be taken at the double minimum rates, that is, 80 acres of $2.50 land may be taken in lieu of 160 acres at $1.25.

Any person owning and residing on land may enter contiguous land, which, with that already owned and occupied, shall not exceed in the aggregate 160 acres.

The applicant for the benefit of the Homestead Law is required to file with the Register of the United States Local Land Office, for the district in which the lands are located, his application as follows:

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[In pre-emption cases the following should be added: Having filed my pre-emption declaration thereon on day of



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Signature of applicant.

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