CHAP. LI—An Act to establish a Territorial Government for Utah.
Sept. 9, 1850
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That all that part of the territory of the United States included within the following limits, to wit: bounded on the west by the State of California, on the north by the Territory of Oregon, and on the east by the summit of the Rocky Mountains, and on the south by the thirty-seventh parallel of north latitude, be, and the same is hereby, created into a temporary government, by the name of the Territory of Utah; and, when admitted as a State, the said Territory, or any portion of the same, shall be received into the Union, with or without slavery, [emphasis added] as their constitution may prescribe at the time of their admission : Provided, That nothing in this act contained shall be construed to inhibit the government the United States from dividing said Territory into two or more Territories, in such manner and at such -times as Congress shall deem convenient and proper, or from attaching' any portion of said Territory to any other State or Territory of the United States. Note: One of several acts as part of the Compromise of 1850.