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The preparation and publication of the volume of Debates and Proceedings has been very much delayed, by causes beyond the control of the Reporter or Printer; and the work is now presented, from necessity, without the contemplated introductory pages, the committee appointed by the Convention to prepare an introduction, embracing a brief outline of the history of the Territory of Nevada, not having performed that duty in season. The volume is respectfully submitted to the people of Nevada, with a full consciousness on the part of the Reporter that he has discharged faithfully, and to the utmost of his ability, every duty devolved upon bim, in connection with its preparation, revision, and indexing. He takes this occasion to return his sincere thanks to all the members of the Convention for their cordial and friendly coöperation.


Official Reporter. SAN FRANCISCO, Cal., November, 1866.




An Act to Organize the Territory of Nevada.

(Approved March 2, 1861.)

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep- territory shall be excepted out of the boundaresentatives of the United States of America in ries, and constitute no part of the Territory of Congress assembled, That all that part of Nevada, until said tribe shall signify their asthe territory of the United States included sent to the President of the United States, to within the following limits, to wit:- Begin- be included within the said Territory, or to ning at the point of intersection of the forty- affect the authority of the Government of the second degree of north latitude with the United States to make any regulations respectthirty-ninth degree of longitude west from ing such Indians, their lands, property, or other Washington; thence running south on the rights, by treaty, law, or otherwise, which it line of said thirty-ninth degree of west longi- would have been competent for the Governtude, until it intersects the northern boundary ment to make if this Act had never passed ;, line of the Territory of New Mexico; thence provided, further, that nothing in this Act condue west to the dividing ridge separating the tained shall be construed to inhibit the Governwaters of Carson Valley from those that flow ment of the United States from dividing said into the Pacific; thence on said dividing ridge Territory into two or more Territories, in such northwardly to the forty-first degree of north manner and at such times as Congress shall latitude ; thence due north to the southern deem convenient and proper, or from attaching boundary line of the State of Oregon; thence any portion thereof to any other Territory or due east to the place of beginning-be, and State. the same is hereby, erected into a temporary Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the Government, by the name of the Territory of Executive power and authority in and over Nevada; provided, that so much of the terri- said Territory of Nevada shall be vested in a tory within the present limits of the State of Governor, who shall hold his office for four California, shall not be included within this years, and until his successor shall be appointed Territory until the State of California shall and qualified, unless sooner removed by the assent to the same, by an act irrevocable with- President of the United States. The Governor out the consent of the United States ; provided, shall reside within said Territory, shall be comfurther, that nothing in this Act contained shall mander-in-chief of the militia thereof, shall be construed to impair the rights of person or perform the duties and receive the emoluments property now pertaining to the Indians in said of Superintendent of Indian Affairs, and shall Territory, so long as such rights shall remain approve all laws passed by the Legislative Asanextinguished by treaty between the United sembly before they shall take effect; he may States and such Indians, or to include any ter- grant pardons for offenses against the laws of ritory which, by treaty with any Indian tribe, said Territory, and reprieves for offenses against is not, without the consent of said tribe, to be the laws of the United States, until the decision included within the territorial limits or juris- of the President can be made known thereon ; diction of any State or Territory; but all such he shall commission all officers who shall be

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