When Virginia acceded to the Articles of Confederation, her Rights of Sovereignty and jurisdiction within her own territory were reserved & secured to her, &cannot now be infringed or alterd without her Consent. She could have no latent views of extending that territory; because it had long before been expressly and clearly defined in the Act which formed her new Government.4
The General Assembly of Virginia have heretofore offered Congress to furnish lands out of their territory on the North West side the Ohio River, without purchase money, to the troops on Continental establishment of such of the Confederated States as had not unappropriated Lands for that purpose, in conjunction with the other States holding unappropriated Lands, and in such proportion as should be adjusted and settled by Congress; which offer when accepted they will most cheerfully make good to the same extent, with the provision made by Law for their own troops, if Congress shall think fit to allow the like quantities of Land to the other troops on Continental establishment. But altho' the General Assembly of Virginia would make great Sacrifices to the common interest of America (as they have already done on the subject of Representation) and will be ready to listen to any just & reasonable propositions for removing the ostensible
causes of delay to the complete Ratification of the Confederation; they find themselves impelled by the duties which they owe to their Constituents, to their Posterity, to their Country and to the United States in General, to remonstrate & protest, and they do hereby, in the name and on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia expressly protest against any jurisdiction or right of adjudication in Congress, upon the petitions of the Vandalia or Indiana Company's, or on any other matter or thing subversive of the internal policy, civil government or sovereignty of this or any other of the United American States, or unwarranted by the Articles of the Confederation.