||LAWS OF UTAH. AN ORDINANCE, FOB THE GOVERNMENT OF THE TERRITORY OF THE .UNITED STATES, jNtORTH-WEST? : OV THE RIVER OHIO. Be it ordained by the United States, in Congress assembled, That the said territory, for the purposes of temporary government, be one district; subject, however, to be divided into two districts, as future circumstances may, in the opinion of Congress, make it expedient. Be it ordained by the authority aforesaid, That the estates both of resident and ¦•non-resident proprietors in the said territory, dying intestate, shall descend to and be distributed among their children, and the descendants of a deceased child, in equal parts; the descendants of a deceased child or grand child, to take a share of their deceased parent in equal parts among them; and where there shallbe no children or descendants, then in equal parts to the next of kin, in equal degree; and among col-latterals, the children, of a deceased brother or sister of the intestate shall have, in equal parts among them, their deceased parent's share; and-.there shall, in no case, be a distinction between kindred of the whole and half blood; saving, in all eases,'to the widow of the intestate her third part of the real, estate for life, and one third part of the personal estate; and this law relative to the descents and dower shall remain in full force until altered by the legislature of the district. And until the governor and judges shall adopt laws, as hereinafter mentioned, estates in the said territory may be devised or-bequeathed by wills in writing, signed and sealed by him or her, in whom the estate may be, (being of full age,) and attested by three witnesses; and real estates may be conveyed by lease and release, or bargain and sale, signed, sealed, and delivered by the person, being of full age, in whom the estate may be, and attested by two witnesses, provided such wills be duly -proved, such conveniences be acknowledged, or the execution thereof duly proved, and be recorded within one year after proper magistrates, courts and registers shall be appointed for that purpose; and personal property may be transferred by delivery; saving, however, to the French and Canadian inhabitants, and other settlers of the Kaskaskias, Saint Vincents, and the neighboring villages, who have heretofore professed themselves citizens' of Virginia, their laws and customs now in force among them, relative to the descent, and conveyance of property. Be it ordained by the authority aforesaid, That there shall be appointed, from time to time; by Congress, a governor, whose commission shall continue in force for the term of three years, unless sooner revoked by Congress; he shall reside in the district, and have a freehold estate therein, in one thousand acres of land, while in the exercise of his office. .¦ ' . There shall be appointed from time to time, by Congress, a secretary whose commission shall continue in force for four years, unless sooner revoked; he shall reside in the district, and have a freehold estate therein, in five hundred acres of land while in the exercise of his office. It shall be his duty to keep and preserve the acts and laws passed by the legislature, and the public records of the district, and the proceedings of the governor in his executive department; and transmit authentic copies of such acts and proceedings every six months, to the secretary of Congress. There shall also be appointed a court, to "consist of three judges, any two of whom to form a court, who shall-have a common law jurisdiction, and reside in the district, and have each therein a freehold estate in five hundred acres of land, while in the exercise of their offices; and their commissions shall continue in force during good behavior. The Governor and judges, or a majority of them, shall adopt and publish, in the district, such laws of the original states, criminal and civil, as may be necessary and best suited to the circumstances of the district, and report them to Congress from time time; which laws shall be in force in the district until the organization of the-general assembly therein, unless disapproved of by Congress; but afterwards the legislature shajl have authority to alter them as they shall think fit.