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4247. KENTUCKY, Independence declared.—

The General Assembly of Virginia,
at their session in 1785, passed an act declaring
that the district, called Kentucky,
shall be a separate and independent State, on
these conditions. 1. That the people of that
district shall consent to it. 2. That Congress
shall consent to it, and shall receive them
into the Federal Union. 3. That they shall


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take on themselves a proportionable part of
the public debt of Virginia. 4. That they
shall confirm all titles to lands within their
district, made by the State of Virginia, before
their separation.—
To M. de Meunier. Washington ed. ix, 258. Ford ed., iv, 162.
(P. 1786)