||12 LAWS OP UTAH. wit: The western skate in the said territory shall be bounded by the Mississippi, the Ohio, and Wabash rivers; a direct line, drawn from the Wabash and Post Vincents, due north to the territorial line between the United States and Canada; and by the said territorial line to the Lake of the Woods and Mississippi. The middle state'shall be bounded by the said direct line,.the Wabash from Post Vincents to the Ohio, by the Ohio, by a direct line drawn due north from the mouth of the Great Miami to the •said territorial line, and by the said territorial line. The eastern state shall be bounded by the last mentioned direct line, the Ohio,, Pennsylvania and the said territorial liue:-Provided, however, and it is further linderstood and declared, That; the boundaries of these three states shall be subject so far to be altered, that if congress shall hereafter find it expedient, they shall have authority to form one or two states in that part of the said territory which lies north of an east and west line drawn through the southerly bend or extreme of Lake Michigan. And whenever auy of the said states shall have sixty thousand free inhabitants therein, such state shall be admitted, by its delegates, into the congress of the United States, on an equal footing with the original states, in all respects whatever; and shall be at liberty to form a permanent constitution and state government: Provided, the constitution aud government so to be formed, shall be republican, and in conformity to the principles contained in these articles; and so far as it can be consistent with'the general interest of the confederacy, such admission shall be allowed at an earlier'period, and when there may be a less number of free inhabitants in the state than sixty thousand. article-vi: There shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in the said territory, otherwise than in the punishment of crimes, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted: Provided, always, that any person escaping into the same, from whom labour or service is lawfully claimed iu any one of the original states, such fugitive may be lawfully reclaimed and conveyed to. the person claiming his or her labor or service, as aforesaid. . Be it ordained by the authority aforesaid, That the resolutions of the twenty-third of April, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-four, relative to the subject "of this ordinance, be, aud the same are hereby repealed, and declared null and void. Done by the United States, in congress assembled, the thirteenth day of July, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven, and of their sovereignty and independence the twelfth. Charles Thompson, Secretary. WILLIAM GRAYSON, Chairman.