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Excerpt from Ohio in 1788: A Description of the Soil, Productions, of That Portion of the United States Situated Between Pennsylvania, the Rivers Ohio and Scioto and Lake Erie From Translated From With Notes and Introduction
The western lands had long been looked to by Congress as a means of paying the public debt of the United States, and particularly the debt due the officers and soldiers of the Revolution. These gallant men had been paid ofi at the disbanding of the Army in certificates which were greatly depreciated in value - selling in the market as low as six to one or about sixteen cents on the dollar. But Congress had not at the close of the war the power of making these western lands available for the liquidation of these and other debts, or for the payment of the bounty lands which had been promised to the soldiers.
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