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(No. 3.) Report of the Regents of the University. In compliance with the provisions of the 16th section of chapter two, title eleven, of the revised statutes of the state of Michi. gan, the board of Regents of the University respectfully submit to the Superintendent of Public instruction the following report:
As no formal report has heretofore been made to the legislature, a brief recapitulation of the several enactments relative to the University and its branches, with the proceedings of the board of regents, in obedience thereto, is deemed not inappropriate.
The constitution of Michigan, article ten, section five, declares, that “The legislature shall take measures for the protection, improvement, or other disposition of such lands as have been or may hereafter be reserved or granted by the United States to this stale for the support of a University; and the funds accruing from the rents or sale of such lands, or from any other source, for the purpose aforesaid, shall be and remain a permanent fund for the support of said University, with such branches as the public convenience may hereafter demand for the promotion of literature, the arts and sciences, and as may be auihorized by the terms of such grant. And it shall be the duty of the legislature, as soon as may be, to provide effectual means for the improvement and
per manent security of the funds of said University."
It may be remarked, in connection with this subject, that the foregoing constitutional provision had more immediate reference to two townships or 46,080 acres of land reserved by act of Congress, approved May 2011, 1826, and subsequently granted to this state by act of Congress, providing for the admission of Michigan and the ordinance of said state, approved 25th July, 1836.
In obedience to the constitutional requirement, the legislature of this state passed the "Act for the organization and government of the University of Michigan, approved March 18th, 1837." This act establishes "The University of Michigan,” declares its