Excerpt from Before Commissioner of the General Land Office, Washington, D. C: In the Matter of Adjustment of the Congressional Land Grant of 150, 000 Acres to the State of California; Correspondence
Sir: The undersigned, the Governor of the State of California, and the Secretary of the Board of Regents of the University of California, have been instructed by said Board to transmit to you the annexed documents, relating to University lands, and to re quest the return and cancellation of a deed of the Governor of the State, bearing date November 26, 1883, conveying to the United States certain lands enumerated in the annexed docu ments.
A law of the State of California, enacted March 13, 1883 (see Statutes of California, 1883, page a copy of which is hereto attached. Authorized the Governor to make the reconveyance referred to, upon request of the Board of Regents; said Board of Regents afterwards requested the Governor to execute a deed reconveying certain lands to the United States, and the Governor, by deed dated November 26, 1883, in pursuance of law and the order of the Board, did so reconvey. The above deed is condi tional, and for its completeness requires the passage of an Act of Congress, to authorize the Commissioner of the General Land Office to cancel the selections named in the deed, and to author ize the Board of Regents to make selections of other lands instead of those mentioned. Having failed to obtain the passage of the said enabling Act, the said deed is inoperative. In the mean time, the Board of Regents, under changed conditions, has found an Opportunity to sell a portion of the lands so reconveyed by the Governor, but cannot do so until said deed is canceled.
The Board of Regents therefore respectfully request you to return said conveyance to J. H. C. Bonte, Secretary of the Board of Regents, for cancellation.
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