55. Massachusetts Gazette, 20 November 1787

A correspondent wishes to be informed, whether the mode of selling the wild lands, belonging to this commonwealth, by detail, will probably produce, in the issue, one farthing to the government?

The plausible pretext advanced by LAND JOBBERS, that the tracks of land which remain (after the sales of ONE SIXTH or any given quantity) will sell for more than the whole in gross, is entirely destitute of truth, as experience verifies; for the interest of the publick, in locating lands, can easily be winked out of sight; and what can be done, leaves no chance to suppose it will not be done.

The extraordinary attempt of a certain character, to prevail upon the legislature to sell ONE MILLION ACRES of our western territory, for eighteen pence in publick securities per acre, is likely to be frustrated, to the great joy of the publick; as less than three pence per acre (the proffered price in specie) would never pay the contingent expenses of surveying, &c. &c, consequently, we should be brought in debt, by those very funds, which are held out to be the dernier resort for paying of the state debt.