President Andrew Jackson's Proclamation Regarding Public Lands Near
By the President of the United States of America.
Whereas it has been represented that many uninformed or evil-disposed persons
have taken possession of or made a settlement on the public lands of the United States within the district of lands subject
to sale at Huntsville, in the State of Alabama, which have not been previously sold, ceded, or leased by the United States,
or the claim to which lands by such persons has not been previously recognized and confirmed by the United States, which possession
or settlement is, by the act of Congress passed on the 2d day of March, 1807, expressly prohibited; and
Whereas the due execution of the said act of Congress, as well as the general
interest, requires that such illegal practices should be promptly repressed:
Now, therefore, I, Andrew Jackson, President of the United States, have thought
proper to issue this my proclamation, commanding and strictly enjoining all persons who have unlawfully taken possession of
or made any settlement on, or who now unlawfully occupy, any of the public lands within the district of lands subject to sale
at Huntsville, in the State of Alabama, as aforesaid, forthwith to remove therefrom; and I do hereby further command and enjoin
the marshal, or officer acting as marshal, in that State, where such possession shall have been taken or settlement made,
to remove, from and after the 1st day of September, 1830, all or any of the said unlawful occupants; and to effect the said
service I do hereby authorize the employment of such military force as may become necessary in pursuance of the provisions
of the act of Congress aforesaid, warning the offenders, moreover, that they will be prosecuted in all such other ways as
the law directs.
In testimony whereof I have caused the seal of the United States of America
to be affixed to these presents, and signed the same with my hand.
Done at the city of Washington, the 6th day of March, A. D. 1830, and of the
Independence of the United States of America the fifty-fourth.
By the President:
M. VAN BUREN,
Secretary of State.
Source: A Compilation
of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, Prepared under the direction of the Joint Committee on printing, of the House
and Senate, Pursuant to an Act of the Fifty-Second Congress of the United States. New
York : Bureau of National Literature, Inc., 1897; Yale
Law School, The Avalon Project