from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a certificate that the purchase money for a certain portion of the public land has been paid to the officer entitled to receive it.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the United States, negotiable paper issued by government, in pursuance of legislative donations, to individuals, companies, or communities, in reward for public services, or for the promotion of education or useful enterprises, entitling the holders to the possession of specified quantities of public land; also, similar paper issued by corporate bodies holding such donations.
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Michigan canal; owing to the failure of the contracting company, they received their pay in land scrip instead of cash, and were thus forced to settle upon hitherto untilled farm-land.