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ANGLO-TEXAN LEGISLATION, LIST OF THE GENERAL ORDINANCES AND DECREES OF THE PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT OF TEXAS 1835-1839

From Texas: The Rise, Progress, and Prospects of the Republic of Texas in One Volume by William Kennedy, 1841.


An ordinance making provision for the army now in the field. An ordinance and decree regulating offices under the Provisional Government.

An ordinance declaring the mode of passing, signing, and publishing the Ordinances, Decrees, and Resolutions of the Provisional Government of Texas.

An ordinance and decree authorizing certain officers to administer the Oath of Office prescribed by the Organic Law, creating a Provisional Government of Texas.

An ordinance to authorize and empower Thomas F. M'Kinney, of Velasco, to borrow one hundred thousand dollars; and making it the duty of the Governor to give him corresponding commission, instruction, &c.

An ordinance prescribing the manner and form of settling the accounts of the volunteer army of Texas.

An ordinance and decree to establish and organise a Corps of Rangers.

An ordinance and decree to raise a regular army.

An ordinance and decree for granting Letters of Marque and Reprisal.

An ordinance for appointing a Treasurer to the Provisional Government of Texas, a Secretary to the Executive and two Chief Clerks; defining their several duties, &c.

An ordinance and decree establishing a Navy.

An ordinance regulating the Militia.

An ordinance and decree for advancing the sum of fifteen hundred dollars for the benefit of the Volunteer Army of the people, under the command of General S. F. Austin, and other purposes.

An ordinance appointing a Commissary to take charge of Volunteers for the army, and defining his duties.

An ordinance and decree supplementary to "An ordinance and decree, appointing a Commissary to take charge of the volunteers of the army, and defining his duties" passed November 27th, 1835.

An ordinance and decree to purchase munitions of war, provisions, arms, &c., for the army of Texas, and defence of the sea-coast.

An ordinance and decree to purchase provisions for the volunteer- army of the people of Texas.

An ordinance and decree supplementary to an ordinance and decree, entitled "An ordinance and decree, granting Letters of Marque and Reprisal," dated November 25th, 1835.

An ordinance and decree authorising and requiring the Governor to appoint a Commissioner in the several municipalities to administer oaths, &c.

An ordinance and decree authorising the Governor to grant registers to vessels.

An ordinance and decree for supplying the Army of the people, now in the field before Bexar, with money, and for other purposes.

An ordinance and decree to raise a loan f or the use of the provisional government of Texas.

An ordinance creating a municipality off, and from the west side of the present Municipality of Matagorda, to be called the municipality of Jackson.

Resolution relating to rank of officers in the regular army.

Resolution authorising the Commander-in-Chief to accept .

the services of five thousand auxiliary volunteers, and for other

Resolution authorising the treasurer to draw on the Commissioners at New Orleans.

Supplement to an ordinance and decree entitled "an ordinance and decree establishing and imposing duties of imports and tonnage, and for other purposes."

An ordinance and decree increasing the bounty to soldiers of the regular army.

Resolution appointing Thomas F. M'Kinney agent, &c.

An ordinance and decree for creating the municipality of Sabine, and for organising the same.

An ordinance and decree for sequestrating and securing the wreck and cargo of the schooner Hannah Elizabeth, and instituting an inquiry respecting the same; and for other purposes.

An ordinance and decree augmenting the regular army by creating a legion of cavalry.

An ordinance and decree creating the office of Commissary General, and regulating the offices of Paymaster and Quartermaster-General.

An ordinance and decree making an appropriation for the regular army, and for other purposes.

Resolution appointing commissioners to treat with the Cherokee Indians, &c.

Resolution for instructing commissioners appointed to treat with the Cherokee Indians, and their associate bands.

Resolution changing the name of the municipality and Town of Viesca to Milam.

Resolution authorising all commissioned officers to administer the oath prescribed by law to persons enlisting.

An ordinance and decree creating the officers of auditor and comptroller of public accounts for Texas.

An ordinance and decree establishing and imposing duties on importations and tonnage, and for other purposes.

An ordinance and decree to organise and establish an auxiliary volunteer corps to the army of Texas, and for other purposes.

Resolution authorising W. Pettus to purchase certain articles for the use of the volunteer army now in the field.

An ordinance and decree designating the boundaries of the municipality of Jefferson, and for other purposes.

An ordinance and decree authorising and requiring the governor to give instructions to commissioners to the United States of the North.

An ordinance confirming the appointment of Colonel William Pettus, as contractor for the volunteer army, near Bexar.

A Resolution. authorising the commanding general to send one or two agents, &c., with the commissioners to the United States, &c.

A resolution authorising the commissioners to the United States to divide the deposit between the Union Bank of Louisiana and the Bank of Orleans.

Resolution authorising our Foreign agents to receive donations for Texas.

Resolution relative to General Mexia.

An ordinance and decree to provide for the outfit and contingent expenses of our foreign agents to the United States of America.

Resolution relating to the prisoners taken at Goliad.

An ordinance and decree for creating a general post-office.

Resolution directing the governor to instruct our Foreign agents, &c.

A resolution for calling a Convention.

An ordinance and decree granting a bounty of land to certain volunteers in the army of the people of Texas.

An ordinance and decree establishing and imposing duties on imports and tonnage, and for other purposes.

An ordinance and decree appointing collectors of public dues, and defining their duties.

An ordinance and decree defining the boundary of the municipality of Harrisburg, and for other purposes.

Resolution requiring the chairman of committee of finance to act as comptroller of public accounts, pro tem, in case of that office being vacated.

An ordinance and decree to prevent the importation and emigration of free negroes and mulattoes into Texas.

An ordinance and decree prescribing the manner in which all claims held against the Provisional Government of Texas, of any kind whatever, by the officers, non-commissioned officers, and privates of the volunteer army of the people, shall be presented for payment and also to prevent fraud and imposition upon the Government.

An ordinance and decree authorising and commissioning Thomas J. Chambers to raise an army, &c., to be called "The Army of Reserve, for the protection of the liberties of Texas," and for other purposes.

An ordinance and decree authorising and empowering Thomas F. M'Kinney and Samuel M. Williams, of the firm of M'Kinney and Williams, to effect a loan of one hundred thousand dollars, and for other purposes.

An ordinance and decree authorising the purchase of certain armed vessels of M'Kinney and Williams, and regulating the Naval service.

An ordinance and decree for the better accommodation of the claims against the Government of Texas.

An ordinance and decree creating a new municipality, to be called Colorado, and for organizing the same.

An ordinance and decree supplemental to "An ordinance and decree appointing a collector of public dues, and defining his duties."

Resolution providing for the troops at Bexar.

An ordinance and decree entitled, "An ordinance and decree for opening the several courts of justice, appointing clerks, prosecuting attorneys, and defining their duties," &c.

Resolutions appointing commissioners to treat with the Comanche Indians.

Resolution requiring the late Governor, Henry Smith, to deliver up the papers, records, &c. of the Executive department, and for other purposes.

Resolution for appointing a committee of finance and defining its duties.

Resolution for appointing an advisory committee of the council, and for other purposes.

Resolution giving certain powers to the acting governor in the event of there not being a quorum of the council present.

An ordinance and decree creating the office of Marshal of Texas, and defining his duties.

Executive ordinance.


Acts and Joint Resolutions of the Congress of the Republic of Texas in 1836 and 1837.

An act authorising the President of the Republic to appoint his cabinet officers.

Joint resolution recognising the orders of Gen. T. J. Rusk, relative to certain mail routes and carriers.

Joint resolution for sending a minister to the United States.

An act providing for the increase of the navy.

An act providing rations and other comforts for soldiers, and widows of soldiers, at the town of Columbia.

An act to authorise the President to negotiate a loan on the bonds of the Government not exceeding five million dollars.

Joint resolution explaining the different acts in relation to volunteers, and extending the acts relating to bounty lands.

An act for establishing rules and articles for the government of the armies of the Republic of Texas.

Joint resolution prescribing the oaths of office.

Joint resolution authorising the President to re-organise the army.

An act to protect the frontier.

An act to provide for the national defence by organising the militia.

An act compensating officers of the civil list.

An act relinquishing to Michael B. Menard and others one league and labor of land on the east end of Galveston Island.

An act adopting a national seal and standard for the Republic of Texas.

An act establishing an agency in the city of Mobile.

An act defining the pay of mounted riflemen, now and hereafter in the ranging service on the frontier.

Joint resolution authorising the President to negotiate a loan for twenty thousand dollars.

Joint resolution authorising the President. to issue scrip to the amount of five hundred thousand acres of land.

Joint resolution defining the duties of the heads of departments of government.

An act locating temporarily the seat of government.

An act to establish and organise the supreme court, and to define the powers and jurisdiction thereof.

An act making appropriations for paying the expenses of the government of Texas.

An act establishing regulations and instructions for the government of the naval service of Texas.

An act to incorporate the Texas Rail-road, Navigation, and Banking Company.

Joint resolution requiring the justices of the county courts to inform the Secretary of State concerning the boundaries of their respective counties.

An act to define the boundaries of the Republic of Texas.

An act authorising the printing and publishing the laws of the Provisional Government, the acts of the Convention of March last, and the present congress.

Joint resolutions making specific appropriations.

An act establishing fees of office.

An act organising justices' courts and defining the powers and jurisdiction of the same, and also creating and defining the office and powers of commissioners of roads and revenue.

An act to raise a revenue by import duties.

An act organising the inferior courts, and defining the powers and Jurisdiction of the same.

An act supplementary to an act organising the inferior courts, and defining the powers and jurisdictions of the same.

An act authorising and requiring county courts to regulate roads, appoint overseers, and establish ferries, &c.

An act to organise and fix the military establishment of the Republic of Texas.

An act creating a general post-office, &c.

An act for the election of sheriffs, coroners, and constables, and defining their several duties.

An act punishing crimes and misdemeanors.

Joint resolutions for the relief of the late comptroller and the clerks of the different departments, under the government ad interim.

An act appropriating lands, to keep in operation the postoffice department, during the year 1837.

An act supplementary to an act f or the punishment of crimes and misdemeanors.

An act establishing the jurisdiction and powers of the district courts.

Joint resolution allowing pay to chaplains.

An act regulating estrays.

An act to establish a general land office for the Republic of Texas.

An act locating the seat of justice for the county of Harrisburg, and other purposes.

Joint resolution authorising the President to receive forty thousand volunteers.

Joint resolution requesting the President to appoint an agent to the court of Great Britain.

An act to suppress gambling.

Joint resolution requiring the President to appoint a secretary of legation to the embassy to England.

Joint resolution for the relief of free persons of colour.

Joint resolution relating to election for the depopulated districts.

An act to legalise certain marriages; to provide for the celebration of marriages, and for other purposes.

Joint resolution respecting mail routes.

An act to incorporate the trustees of Independence Academy, and of the University of San Augustine.

An act to incorporate the trustees of Washington College.

An act to incorporate the town of Nacogdoches and other towns herein named.

Joint resolution requiring the attorney-general to report to the next session of Congress.

An act to regulate the pay of pursers in the navy.

Joint resolution for the amendment of the militia law.

An act to authorise the consolidation and funding of the public debt.

An act concerning the fees of sheriffs, constables, and solicitors.

Joint resolution authorizing the President to leave the seat of government for the space of thirty days, to organise the corps of mounted gunmen.

An act for the incorporation of the town of Liberty.

Joint resolution authorising the sheriffs of the different counties of this Republic to rent or lease houses, employ guards, &c.

Joint resolution defining the powers of the commissioners of roads and revenue.

An act to prescribe the mode of holding courts of admiralty.

Joint resolution for all agents of government to give security for the faithful performance of their duties.

Joint resolution respecting fees of attorneys.

An act supplementary to an act establishing the county of Houston.

An act authorising the issuing the promissory notes of the government.

Joint resolution authorising the President to send an agent to the United States, to settle with the agents for land scrip.

An act to raise a public revenue by import duties.

An act to raise a public revenue by direct taxation.

Joint resolution for publishing the laws and journals.

An act supplementary to an act entitled "An act to establish a general land-office for the Republic of Texas," passed December 22nd, 1836.

An act supplementary to an act entitled "An act supplementary to an act establishing a general land-office in the Republic of Texas, passed December 22nd, 1836."

An act authorising the President to call out the militia.

An act to dispose of Galveston and other Islands of the Republic of Texas.

Joint resolution for employing extra clerks in the auditor's office.

Joint resolution for the benefit of Texan prisoners taken by the Mexicans.

An act establishing the county of Houston.

An act to authorise the President to appoint a Commissioner to run the boundary line between the United States of America and the Republic of Texas.

An act for the relief of ministers of the Gospel.

An act supplementary to the several acts organising the respective counties of this Republic.

An act to authorise justices of the county courts to act as judges of probate and notaries public in certain cases.

An act for the better protection of the northern frontier.

A resolution regulating the meeting of Congress.

Joint resolution in regard to the payment of district judges.

Joint resolution to suspend the operations of the land-office until the further action of Congress.

Joint resolution making an appropriation to pay the public printers.

Joint resolution making appropriation of moneys for the use of the Hospital.

Joint resolution locating permanently the seat of government.

Joint resolution authorising Win. G. Cooke to sign the name of the President to the promissory notes of the Government.

An act regulating elections.

Joint resolution requiring the chief justice of the county of Brazoria to issue writs of election.

An act authorising an appropriation for the Post-Office.

Joint resolution to authorlse the secretary of war to grant discharges.

Joint resolution granting letters of marque and reprisal.

An act to incorporate the town of Shelbyville, and granting further powers to the corporations of San Augustine and Nacogdoches.

An act for augmenting the Navy, and making an appropriation therefor.

An act regulating the proceedings before justices of the peace.

Joint resolution requiring the secretary of war to execute certain duties.

An act to provide f or auditing contingent expenses of both Houses of Congress, and making appropriation therefor.

An act to provide for the appointment of notaries public.

An act to incorporate the town of Brazoria.

An act appropriating money for the purchase of a house for the use of the President.

An act to incorporate the city of Richmond, and the towns of San Felipe de Austin and Lagrange.

An act fixing the salary of Indian commissioners.

An act amendatory of the several acts and ordinances granting bounty lands.

Joint resolution making appropriations for the general land office, and to defray the contingent expenses of both Houses of Congress.

An act to incorporate the Colorado Navigation Company.

An act creating the county of Montgomery.

An act regulating the time of holding district courts of Brazoria, Matagorda, and Jackson counties.

An act to establish the county of Fayette.

An act incorporating the city of San Antonio and other towns therein named.

An act to create a board of medical censors for the Republic of Texas.

Joint resolution to compensate the commissioners appointed to select a site for the seat of government.

An act to define the boundaries of the county of Gonzales.

An act to provide for the punishment of crimes and misdemeanors committed by slaves and free persons of colour.

Joint resolution concerning the public archives.

Joint resolution authorising the treasurer of the Republic to issue change notes.

An act to clear out the rivers Attoyac, Angelina and Neches,

An act to prevent the issuing of individual printed or lithographed notes.

An act to define the boundaries of the county of Shelby.

An act to define the boundaries of the county of Washington

An act to incorporate the town of Matagorda.

Joint resolution for the purchase of the steamer Pulaski.

An act to pay the officers and soldiers of the army and navy.

An act supplementary to "An act to pay the officers, soldiers and sailors of the army and navy."

An act to define the boundaries of the counties of San Augustine and Sabine.

An act creating the county of Fannin.

Joint resolution locating permanently the seat of justice for the county of Brazoria.

An act to define the boundaries of Jasper county.

An act creating the county of Robertson.

An act to sustain the currency of the country.

An act to prohibit the further sale of land scrip.

An act to require the district judges to preside permanently in their proper districts, and for other purposes.

Joint resolution to select a committee of five, &c. to locate the seat of government.

An act precluding aliens from being appointed to office.

An act entitled "An act to reduce into one act, and to amend the several acts relating to the establishment of a General Land-Office."

An act to incorporate the Texas Steam Mill Company.

An act supplementary to an act to appoint a board of medical censors.

An act to incorporate the town of Mina.

An act to amend the act entitled "An act to raise a revenue by import duties.".

An act to incorporate the Brazoria Insurance Company.

An act to define the boundaries of the county of Liberty.

An act supplementary to an act entitled "An act to organise the militia of this Republic."

An act to encourage steam navigation.

An act to amend the several laws regulating the post-office department.

An act relating to the pay and allowances of the officers and soldiers of the army.

An act to define the boundaries of the county of Red River.

Joint resolution altering the name of the county and town of Mina.

Joint resolution relative to Consulates.

An act to define the boundaries of the county of Mina.

An act to provide for the publication of the laws and journals of the Republic of Texas.

An act making provisions for persons who have been permanently disabled in the service of Texas.

An act amending the judiciary laws of the Republic.

An act to provide for taking testimony by interrogatories.

An act to authorise the Postmaster-general to establish a post route.

Joint resolution to translate the laws of the Republic into the Castilian language.

Joint resolution authorising F. R. Lubbock to procure cisterns f or the use of the capitol.

Joint resolution for appointing two legal gentlemen to compile a judicial code of laws for the Republic of Texas.

An act to authorise the judges of the district courts to hold special terms in certain cases therein named.

An act authorising persons to dispose of property by will.

An act to create a justice of the peace and constable for Galveston Island.

An act granting lands to those who were in the battle of San Jacinto and other battles.

An act to define the boundaries of the county of Jefferson.

An act to authorise the clerks of the several courts to appoint deputies, and requiring them to keep their offices at the county seat.

An act supplementary to an act to incorporate the Colorado Navigation Company.

An act supplementary to an act to raise a public revenue by direct taxation.

Joint resolution providing for the purchase of provisions and munitions of war.

Joint resolution respecting county surveyors.

An act to incorporate the city of Houston and other towns therein named.

Joint resolution incorporating the town of Columbia.

An act to create the county of Fort Bend.

An act to regulate proceedings of the several courts in certain cases.

An act defining the boundaries of the county of Jackson.

Joint resolution to incorporate certain towns therein named.


Public Acts and Joint Resolutions of the Congress of Texas in 1838 and 1839.

An act securing the right of appeal.

An act to repeal a part of an act incorporating the town of Gonzales.

An act supplementary to an act creating the county of Fayette.

An act providing for the removal of county seats of justice.

A bill to repeal a certain act therein named.

Joint resolution authorising the President and Commissioner of the General Land Office to issue titles to purchasers of lots on Galveston Island.

A bill to create and define the senatorial districts of Austin, Colorado, and Fort Bend.

An act to incorporate the Caney Navigation Company.

An act authorising the President to appoint notaries public.

An act to authorise the President to raise a corps of cavalry.

An act to provide for the foreclosing of mortgages on real and personal estates.

An act establishing the county of Galveston.

An act authorising the payment of the interest of the funded debt.

An act to authorise the President to negotiate a loan on the bonds of the Government, not exceeding five millions of dollars.

Joint resolution appropriating 500 dollars for purchasing a set of astronomical instruments.

Joint resolution relative to the claims of officers and soldiers of the army.

An act providing for the location of land scrip issued by an act of Congress, dated the 6th day of December, 1836, and for redeeming the same.

An act for the relief of persons therein named.

An act to provide for the settlement of deceased soldiers' estates.

An act supplementary to an act to raise a public revenue by import duties.

An act to authorise the President to re-issue the promissory notes of the Government as they return into the Treasury, and making special appropriations.

An act appointing pilots.

An.act establishing a mail route from Galveston to Matagorda and Texana.

An act providing for the punishment of offences in depopulated counties.

An act providing for the payment of the first loan to Texas.

An act to amend an act incorporating the city of San Antonio and other towns.

An act to amend an act entitled an act establishing District Courts.

Joint resolution fixing the dividing line between the counties of Bexar and San Patricio.

Joint resolution establishing certain mail routes therein named.

An act supplementary to an act providing for the location of land scrip, issued under the act of Congress dated 6th December, 1836, and for redeeming the same.

Charter of Galveston and Brazos railroad.

An act to amend the direct tax law.

An act respecting the abatement of suits, &c.

An act supplementary to an act granting lands to those who were in the battle of San Jacinto and other battles.

An act to define the boundary line of the county of Montgomery.

An act supplementary to an act entitled an act to authorise the clerks of the several courts to appoint deputies, approved Dec. 21, 1837.

An act defining the boundaries of the counties of Bastrop and Gonzales.

An act better to define the duties of sheriffs.

Joint resolution providing for issuing certificates of head rights to the heirs of those who fell with or under Fannin, Travis, Grant, and Johnson.

An act defining the boundaries of Austin County.

An act relative to the duties of the collector of the port of Velasco.

An act appointing Commissioners to view and mark out a road from Bastrop to Red River.

Joint resolution appropriating money for the protection of the frontier.

Joint resolution authorising the President to draw funds for transporting arms, munitions, troops, &c., &c.

Joint resolution requiring the President to grant commissions.

An act authorising the President to issue the promissory notes of the Government.

Joint resolutions legalising commissions of military officers, &c.

An act entitled an act to authorise the judge of the first judicial district to hold a special term of the district court in the county of San Augustine.

Joint resolution authorising the President to renew the lease of the Capitol.

Joint resolution requiring the treasurer to pay certain drafts therein named.

An act validating certain acts therein named.

An act making appropriation for the post office department.

Joint resolution requiring the secretary of war to discharge certain soldiers therein named.

An act appropriating 5000 dollars for the contingent expenses of both Houses of Congress.

An act to amend an act entitled an act amending the judiciary laws of the Republic, approved Dec. 1837.

An act entitled an act to change a certain post route therein. named.

An act to incorporate the Neches Steam Mill Company.

An act to incorporate the town of Beaumont and the town of jasper.

An act to exempt from direct taxation certain citizens of certain counties.

Joint resolution for the relief of Antonio Manchaca.

An act to incorporate the towns of Milam and Zavala.

An act to establish a mail route from the city of Houston to the town of Sa n Augus tine, by way of Captain Hiram's on the Trinity river, Belt's ferry on the river Neches, and Nathaniel Hunt's on the Ayish Bayou.

An act entitled an act to amend an act to provide for the settlement of deceased soldiers' estates, approved May 17, 1838.

An act to incorporate the Bastrop Steam Mill Company.

An act entitled an act to amend an ordinance entitled an ordinance granting bounties of land to volunteers.

An act defining the place for the receipt of land dues.

An act entitled an act for the further protection of the frontier against the Comanche and other Indians.

An act entitled an act for the protection of a portion of the frontier.

An act, entitled an act to authorise the first auditor to audit the claims created under the command of Major-General Thomas J. Rusk and others, in a campaign against the hostile Mexicans and Indians, in the year 1838.

An act to incorporate the town of Raleigh in Fannin county.

An act entitled an act to extend to late emigrants, or those who may emigrate within a specified time, a donation of land.

An act confirming the contract of Messrs. Williams and Burnley for the purchase of a steam-vessel.

Joint resolution for the punishment of vagrants.

An act entitled an act to have the seat of justice of Fannin county permanently located.

An act to repeal an act entitled an act to encourage steam navigation.

An act for the better defining the dividing line between the counties of Austin and Fort Bend, west of the Brazos.

An act entitled an act f or the location of the seat of government.

An act to authorise the raising of a company of men for the ranging service.

Joint resolution appropriating two thousand dollars for Indian purposes.

An act entitled an act fixing the standard of silver and gold coin in this republic.

An act entitled an act to authorise the commissioner of the general land-office to receive the government dues on land.

An act to punish certain offences therein named.

An act to incorporate the towns of Comanche and Waterloo.

An act the better to define the duties of recorders.

An act to prohibit the driving of cattle from that part of the country west of the Guadalupe.

An act to establish a mail route from Clarksville to Shelton.

An act supplementary to an act entitled an act for establishing fees of office.

An act entitled an act to define the time of holding justice Courts.

An act entitled an act supplementary to the judiciary laws of this Republic.

An act entitled an act to define the time of sheriffs' sales and the manner of advertising.

An act to establish a port of entry to be called La Baca.

An act to provide for the raising of three companies of mounted volunteers for frontier service against the hostile Indians.

Joint resolution providing for the printing of the rules and regulations of the army of this Republic.

Joint resolution supplementary to the joint resolution for appointing two legal gentlemen to compile a code of laws for the Republic of Texas.

An act authorising the auditors to discharge certain duties.

An act entitled an act to compel all government officers to receive the promissory notes of the government for all dues that may accrue to them in the discharge of the duties of. their office.

An act to be entitled an act giving to the President the power to fill vacancies.

An act appropriating money to defray the expenses of the various departments of the government.

An act to authorize the President to appoint a private secretary.

An act to appropriate one million of dollars for the protection of the frontier and other purposes.

Joint resolution making an appropriation for the President's house.

Joint resolution making an appropriation for the purchase of a library for the Republic of Texas.

An act requesting the Treasurer to pay the salaries of clerks monthly.

An act amending the act entitled an act adopting a national seal and standard for the Republic of Texas. Approved 10th December, 1836.

An act supplementary to the several acts for reorganising the militia.

An act entitled an act to repeal certain parts of an act organising the inferior courts, and defining the powers and jurisdiction of the same.

An act entitled an act for the raising of certain troops therein named.

Joint resolution prescribing the mode of paying troops.

An act to incorporate the city of Houston, and other cities therein named.

An act entitled an act regulating attachments.

An act securing patent rights to inventors.

An act authorising the county and district courts to render judgments when the verdict of the jury is less than the jurisdiction of the same in certain cases.

An act amending an act supplementary to an act entitled an act to reduce into one act and amend the several acts relating to the establishment of a general land-office.

An act requiring the secretary of the navy to have surveyed the bars and passages of the bays and harbours of Texas.

joint resolution to prevent clerks or deputy clerks from becoming administrators in certain cases.

An act declaring certain children legitimate therein named.

An act to require the plea of "non est factum" to be.filed under oath in certain cases.

joint resolutton allowing pay for copying the journals of the Senate, for the fall and spring session of 18 3 7 and 18 3 8.

Joint resolution authorising the President to open a trade between the inhabitants of Western Texas and the Mexicans on the Rio Grande.

An act supplementary to an act incorporating the city of San Antonio, and other towns therein named.

An act to incorporate the towns of La Grange and Rutersville.

An act fixing the salary of the Texan minister at France.

Joint resolution appropriating fifteen thousand dollars for the Post-Office department.

An act changing the time of holding the county court of Shelby county and Jasper county.

An act entitled an act to define the duties of constables.

An act entitled an act to facilitate the adjustment of donation claims.

Joint resolution making a permanent seat of justice in Robertson county.

An act entitled an act to exempt certain property therein named from execution.

Joint resolution approving of the employment of friendly Indians in our service, and providing for their pay.

An act entitled an act to amend an act relative to Probate courts.

An act entitled an act f or the establishing of a post route from San Augustine to Fort Caddo.

An act legalising the acts of the comptroller of the stock fund.

An act entitled an act making appropriations for the Naval service for the year 1839.

An act entitled an act to incorporate the Houston and Brazos railroad company.

An act entitled an act appropriating certain lands for the establishment of a general system of education.

An act entitled an act regulating the license and practice of attorneys.

An act to authorise the commissioner of the general landoffice to employ two additional clerks.

An act supplementary to an act entitled an act to raise a revenue by direct taxation.

An act to establish and incorporate the college of De Kalb.

An act entitled an act to appoint commissioners to take charge of the property of those engaged in the late rebellion in the county of Nacogdoches, and for other purposes.

An act entitled an act defining dowers.

An act entitled an act for the collection of the amounts due on judgments of the supreme, district, and county courts.

Joint resolution requiring the secretary of the treasury to pay to the paymaster of the first regiment, second brigade, Texas militia, twenty thousand dollars, appropriated for men called for by General Rusk.

An act to change the time of holding the fall term of the district court in Harrisburg county, and to amend the thirty second section of an act establishing the jurisdiction and powers of the district courts.

An act to create and establish the county of Harrison.

An act entitled an act for the permanent location of the seat of government.

An act to provide for the punishment of horse thieves.

Public Acts and Joint Resolutions passed by the Fourth Congress, commencing the 11th November, 1839.

An act to carry into effect the convention between Texas and the United States, for marking the boundary line between them. Approved 23rd Nov., 1839.

An act to define the boundaries of the county of Fannin. Approved 28th Nov., 1839.

An act designating the returnable officers of the senatorial district of Milam and Robertson counties. Approved 13th Dec., 1839.

An act for the appointment of assessing officers. Approved 13th Dec., 1839.

An act for the permanent location of the port of entry in the district of Aransas. Approved 13th Dec., 1839.

An act to incorporate the town of Beaumont. Approved 14th Dec., 1839.

An act granting an extension of time to certain officers in Robertson county. Approved 14th Dec., 1839.

An act to locate a road from Washington to the Sabine river. Approved 14th Dec., 1839.

An act better to define the boundaries of the county of Galveston. Approved 16th Dec., 1839.

An act to repeal in part an act entitled an act incorporating the city of San Antonio and other towns, approved 24th May, 1838. Approved 17th Dec., 1839.

Joint resolution to pay off the mail contracts for the year 1839. Approved 19th Dec., 1839.

Joint resolution establishing a mail route therein named, and to discontinue certain mail routes. Approved 18th Dec., 1839.

An act to provide for the more certain operations of the sinking fund, &c. Approved 19th Dec., 1839.

Joint resolution requiring the Postmaster-General not to contract for carrying the mail from Austin to Houston. Approved 21st Dec., 1839.

Joint resolution authorising James Hamilton to take the oath of allegiance, and to become a citizen of the republic of Texas. Approved 21st Dec., 1839.

An act to provide f or the renewing of the security of county surveyors. Approved 25th Dec., 1839.

An act to incorporate the city of Austin. Approved 27th Dec., 1839.

An act appropriating five thousand dollars for the contingent expenses of both Houses of Congress. Approved 27th Dec., 1839.


Public Acts and Joint Resolutions of the Congress of Texas in 1838 and 1839.

An act to authorise Wiley Martin to emancipate his slave Peter. Approved 3rd January, 1840.

An act naming the returning officer for the senatorial district composed of the counties of Red River and Fannin. Approved 28th Dec., 1839.

An act supplementary to an act to have the seat of justice of Fannin county permanently located. Approved 28th Dec.1839.

An act to amend the act of incorporation of the town of Velasco. Approved 1st Jan., 1840.

An act supplementary to an act for the incorporation of the town of Liberty. Approved 1st Jan., 1840.

.An act to establish a mail route to Bexar. Approved 1st Jan., 1840.

An act to incorporate the trustees of the Union Academy, in the county of Washington. Approved 4th Jan., 1840.

A joint resolution for the survey and sale of the Austin town tract. Approved 6th Jan., 1840.

An act to amend the charter of the Brazos and Galveston railroad company. Approved 6th Jan., 1840.

An act providing for the erection of lighthouses. Approved 7th Jan., 1840.

An act to incorporate the town of Texana. Approved 14th Jan., 1840.

An act for the payment of persons for military services heretofore rendered. Approved 14th Jan., 1840.

An act supplementary to an act to amend the several laws regulating the post-office department. Approved 14th Jan., 1840.

An act to prescribe the method of proceeding to obtain the benefit of the writ of habeas corpus. Approved 14th Jan., 1840.

An act to prescribe the mode of appointing district attorneys,-fixing the term of their office, and their salaries and perquisites. Approved 14th Jan., 1840.

Joint resolution for the payment of the troops who served in the years 1838 and 1839. Approved 14th Jan., 1840.

An act authorising the President to have surveyed a reserve of land for the Coshatta and Alabama Indians. Approved 14th Jan., 1840.

An act defining the compensation of collectors of customs and of the clerks employed at the several custom-houses. Approved 16th Jan., 1840.

An act defining the time at which laws passed by Congress shall go into effect, and disclosing the manner in which the same shall be promulgated. Approved 16th Jan., 1840.

Joint resolution granting to the President power to appoint additional counsel, if necessary. Approved 16th Jan., 1840.

An act authorising Varlan Richardson to construct a bridge across the Guadalupe river, at or near Victoria. Approved 18th Jan., 1840.

Joint resolution appropriating five thousand dollars to defray the expenses of marking the boundary line between Texas and the United States of the north. Approved 18th Jan., 1840.

An act to regulate interest. Approved 18th Jan., 1840.

An act to prevent frauds and fraudulent conveyances. Approved 18th Jan., 1840.

An act repealing part of the several acts for the permanent location of the seat of Government. Approved 21st Jan., 1840.

An act to adopt the common law of England, to repeal certain Mexican laws, and to regulate the marital rights of' parties. Approved 21st Jan., 1840.

An act to dispense with the necessity of protesting negotiable instruments for dishonour, and of giving notice thereof, and to regulate assignments of all written instruments. Approved Jan. 25th, 1840.

An act to create the office of charge d'affaires, and to regulate diplomatic intercourse with foreign nations. Approved Jan. 25th 1840.

Joint resolution repealing certain mail routes therein named. Approved Jan. 25th, 1840.

An act to detect fraudulent land certificates, and to provide f or issuing patents to legal claimants. Vetoed by the President. Passed both houses by a constitutional majority, Jan. 29th, 1840.

An act to incorporate the Trinity coal and mining company. Approved Jan. 25th, 1840.

An act authorising the President to redeem prisoners from Indian captivity. Approved Jan. 25th, 1840.

Joint resolution appropriating three thousand hundred and forty dollars and sixty cents, as indemnity for the capture and detention of the British schooner Eliza Russell. Approved Jan. 25th, 1840.

An act providing for the better dissemination of the laws. Approved Jan. 25th, 1840.

An act to authorise Carey, a freeman of colour to remain within the Republic of Texas. Approved Jan. 25th, 1840.

An act for the benefit of Albert Mitchell a free boy of colour. Approved Jan. 25th, 1840.

An act to suppress dueling. Approved Jan. 28th, 1840.

An act defining lawful enclosures, and for other purposes. Approved Jan. 25th, 1840.

An act to define the boundaries of the county of Montgomery. Approved Jan. 25th, 1840.

An act to create a chamber of commerce in the cities of Matagorda and Houston. Approved Jan. 28th, 1840.

Joint resolution for the exchange or redemption of certain promissory notes. Approved Jan. 28th, 184-0.

An act to authorise the erection of public buildings. Approved Jan. 28th, 1840.

An act concerning wills. Approved Jan. 28th, 1840.

An act to regulate the descent and distribution of intestates' estates. Approved Jan. 2 8th, 1840.

An act supplementary to an act providing for the payment of persons for military services heretofore rendered. Approved Jan. 14th, 1840, and better to define the duties of the first and second auditors.

Joint resolution for the appropriation of 6000 dollars, for payment of extra allowances, &c.

Joint resolution defining the rank of Paymaster-General.

An act to raise a company of mounted gunmen to be called Fannin Guards.

An act to compel the surveyors of the several counties of this Republic to make out and return maps of their respective counties.

An act to create a justice of the peace and constable for the lower part of jasper county.

An act to prohibit the driving of cattle and hogs from the Cherokee country or killing the same therein.

An act to annex a part of Washington county to the county of Milam, and for other purposes.

An act to sectionise and sell the lands formerly reserved for and occupied by the Cherokee Indians.

To legalise acts of the old board of Land Commissioners in the county of Red River.

An act allowing discounts and sets-off.

An act to establish the method of trying the right of property levied on by execution, when the property is claimed by any person not a party to such execution.

Joint resolution granting permission of absence to the judge of the third judicial district.

An act authorising the issuing duplicate land warrants, discharges and certificates.

An act to organise the several judicial districts, and to create the 6th and 7th.

An act to provide for the return of surveys for the collection of Government dues on land, and for other purposes.

An act to incorporate the Milam Guards in the city of Houston.

An act requiring retailers of spirituous liquors to pay license.

An act to suppress gaming.

An act to incorporate the city of Matagorda.

An act to prevent admissions made by an agent or attorney of the Republic from operating to the prejudice thereof.

An act to provide and establish the warehousing system in the ports of this Republic.

Joint resolution for the relief of the Postmaster-General, and heads of bureau.

An act to authorise the Treasurer to extend the issue of change notes.

An act supplementary to an act requiring county courts to regulate roads, &c.

An act to exempt certain lands from the payment of certain debts therein named.

Joint resolution defining the mode of proof where no muster-roll exists.

An act for the incorporation of the city of Galveston.

An act to incorporate the towns of Victoria, Goliad, and Gonzales.

An act concerning free persons of colour.

An act to amend an act regulating estrays. Passed Dec. 1836.

An act concerning slaves.

Joint resolution to authorise the Commissioners of the 5,000,000 loan to raise money on pledge of a portion of the bonds.

An act to punish individuals concerned in making, selling, and locating fraudulent land certificates.

An act to provide for the payment of chief justices for organising the militia.

An act making appropriations for the support of the Government for the year 1840.

An act altering the several acts to raise a public revenue by import duties.

An act to amend the act entitled an act regulating the license and practice of attorneys.

An act for creating funds for the support of Government for the year 1840.

Joint resolution requiring the Postmaster-General to contract for the transportation of the mail between the cities Galveston and Houston twice in each week.

An act concerning conveyancing.

An act to punish swindling, and other offences therein named.

Joint resolution appropriating money for defraying the expenses of supporting the Caddo Indians.

An act supplementary to an act entitled an act to incorporate the City of Houston and other cities therein named.

An act prohibiting the location of fraudulent land certificates.

Joint resolution appropriating land for the establishment o a hospital.

Joint resolution authorising the President to offer a reward of 1000 dollars for the arrest of any person who shall flee from justice.

An act supplementary to an act providing for the payment of persons for military services.

An act to enable part owners of land to obtain partition thereof, and for other purposes.

An act to organise a certain part of the County of Liberty for judicial and other purposes.

An act to provide a summary remedy to enable landlords or lessors to obtain possession of lands or tenements unlawfully detained or withheld by tenants.

An act supplementary to an act to provide for the protection of the northern and western frontier.

An act to provide the mode of trying titles to land.

An act regulating the duties of Probate Courts, and the settlement of successions.

An act to incorporate the Galveston Insurance Company.

An act regulating the distribution of the laws and journals.

An act defining the duties of the officers of the Treasury Department.

An act to raise a public revenue by direct taxation.

An act to provide for the redemption of the promissory notes of the Government, &c.

An act to provide for the running and marking the western line of the county of Travis.

An act to alter the time of holding the f all terms of the Courts in the 4th judicial districts.

An act concerning executions.

An act to amend and reduce into one act the several laws regulating the Post-Office department.

An act to regulate the proceedings in civil suits.

An act to fix the Navy establishment of the Republic of Texas.

An act in relation to common schools and academies, and to provide for securing the lands formerly appropriated for 'the purpose of education.

An act for the protection of the revenue, and other purposes.

Joint resolution requiring one company of regular troops to be stationed at or near Fort Houston.

Joint resolution appropriating funds to purchase blank land patents.

An act to amend an act to provide for the foreclosing of mortgages on real and personal estates, approved 15th May, 1838.

An act to repeal certain acts therein named.*

*The acts noted as "approved" have received the sanction of the President, and passed into law.


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