Excerpt from The Homestead Law Agitation: Inaugural-DissertationThe words one quarter section had been used in the later homestead bills to avoid confusion in the Land Office. In theory the quarter section was equal to 160 acres. But topographical formation not unfrequently interfered with the regularity of the surveyor's work.There were also other minor conditions designed to protect the government from fraud and so the better to secure the purposes of the bill. The bill also prescribed for the disposition of the land in the event of the death of the occupant prior to the issue of the final patent. The bill has also been the subject of various amendments since 1862.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.