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without the Crown's permission. The text of this Proclamation can be found at: <http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/proc1763.htm>
[. . .] that no person or persons have, or ever had, a right to purchase any lands within the same, from any Indian nation, except only persons duly authorized to make such purchases on the public account, formerly for the use and benefit of the colony, and lately of the Commonwealth, and that such exclusive right or pre-emption, will and ought to be maintained by this Commonwealth, to the utmost of its power [. . .].
The Supreme Court, in Johnson v. M'Intosh, would find this statute an "unequivocal affirmance [. . .] of the broad principle [. . .] that the exclusive right to purchase from the Indians resided in the government."
<http://laws.findlaw.com/us/10/87.html> [Display Quote]
<http://www.utulsa.edu/law/classes/rice/USSCT_Cases/JOHNSON_V_MCINTOSH_1823.HTM> (see essay by Patricia Engle) [Display Quote]