Cahokia Common Appropriated For
The Site of Illinois City
March 30 1820
Mr. Thomas, from the Committee on the Public Lands, to whom was referred the memorial of the inhabitants of the village of Cahokia, reported:
That the citizens of Cahokia, to whom, by an act of Congress passed on the 20th of February, 1812, certain tracts of land were confirmed as a common, being desirous to establish a town upon a site more eligible than that of their former village, which had become unhealthy, appointed and authorized Messrs. Jesse B. Thomas, John Hay, John Hays, Nicholas Jarret and Francis Turcotte, citizens of the said village, to lay out a town upon one of the tracts of land confirmed as a common to the citizens of Cahokia. That the said agents in persuance of the powers vested in them, proceeded --- out the said town, which they called Illinois City. They divided the lots so laid out, among the said citizens of Cahokia, according to their respective interests therein, and to the universal satisfaction of the whole of them. That many of those lots have been sold; and that, in consequence of doubts having been entertained, contract to the anticipations of the citizens of Cahokia, as to the validity of those proceedings and sales, much litigation is likely to take place, unless Congress should pass a law confirming those proceedings. Therefore, the committee beg leave to report a bill.
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