Baltimore: Edward Coale, 1821. 50pp, disbound [some loosening], light dusting, Good+.
The issue concerned the wisdom of making "a very extensive appropriation of the national property for the support of schools. Grants of national lands have already been made to a considerable extent, for the aid of colleges and schools in some of the western states. The same grants have not as yet been extended to the old states." But public lands are "the common property of the nation." Should not appropriations be made to States which have not yet participated in such federal largesse? This review answers the question in the affirmative. It surveys in detail "the manner in which the United States came into possession of the public lands," commencing with the royal grant of Virginia in the early 17th century, the disputes among the States that arose after the Declaration of Independence, and their resolutions. Supporting the Maxcy Report, this pamphlet urges the extension of public land grants "to the older states, where there are already flourishing establishments for education capable of forming a nucleus for farther increase."
FIRST EDITION. AI 5960 [1- BrMus]. OCLC locates 11 [2 accession numbers]. Item #23820