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LAWS

OF THE

STATE OF TEXAS.

AN ACT

provide for the election of Representatives to

the Congress of the United States.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of First Con

State of Teras, That all the territory com-gressional disised within the limits of the following named unties, shall compose the first Congressional Disct of the State of Texas, until otherwise provid by law; and shall elect oute Representative to the pngress of the United States, to wit: The counties Territory.'

Fannin, Lamar, Red River, Bowie, Harrison, helby, Jefferson, Jasper, Rusk, Sabine, San Auguspe, Liberty, Houston and Nacogdoches. Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That all the terri- Second Conry coinprised within the limits of the following gressional dis

trict. med counties, shall compose the second ConJessional District of the State of Texas, until herwise provided by law; and shall elect one epresentative to the Congress of the United States,

wit: The counties of Robertson, Brazos, Mont Territory. mery, Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, Fort Bend, atagorda, Jackson, Victoria, Austin, Colorado, ayette, Gonzales, Travis, Bastrop, Washington, exar, Goliad, Refugio, San Patricio and Milani. Sec. 3. Be it further enacted, That immediately Elections or. ter the passage of this act, it shall be the duty of dered.

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[4] the Governor to issue his proclamation directed to the Chief Justices, or Sheriffs, should there be De: " Chief Justices, of the several counties in the firs and second Congressional Districts aforesaid, re quiring them to hold elections at the established pre cints in their counties for a Representative front their respective districts to the twenty-ninth COLI gress of the United States, and said election sha be holden in each Congressional District on Mon day, being the thirtieth day of March, 1846; ani shall be conducted in conformity with the Constitusi ti tion of the State, and the existing laws regulatins! elections.

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Sec. 4. Be it further enacted, That it shall be th trans- the duty of the Chief Justices of the several coun mitted.

ties, or in case of vacancy in their offices, of the As sociate Justices, promptly to make duplicate sealet returns of the elections, one of 'which, shall b? transmitted to the office of the Secretary of State endorsed “ Election returns of

county, to Representative to the Congress of the Unitei States," and the other deposited in the Clerk's ok

fice of the County Court. Election res Sec. 5. Be it further enacted, That on the twen turns opened. ty-third day of April

, 1846, it shall be the duty the Secretary of State, in the presence of th Governor and Attorney General, to open and coun the returns for Representatives to Congress, recetle ved at the Secretary of State's office; and the Gover nor shall deliver a certificate of election to the per son receiving, according to the returns, the highes pa number of votes in each district; provided, how of ever, that it before the said 23rd day of April, th pa returns from all the counties in each Congression District be received, then the votes may be counte su and the certificates of election delivered as here top

provided. Failure of Sec. 6. Be it further enacted, That if from an election.

cause the Chief Justices of counties, or their Assi ciates, should fail to cause to be holden the elet tions herein provided for, the people of the precium where such failure exists, are hereby authorized be choose managers, judges, and other officers to compe

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Sec. 7. Be it further enacted, That ifa vacan1. cy should occur in the office of Representative to

the Congress of the United States by death, resignafition, or otherwise, it shall be the duty of the Gover. C

nor to issue his proclamation at an early day, order. sing an election to fill the vacancy. M

Sec. 8. Be it further enacted, That the election Time and of Representatives to Congress, after the first elec- place of elec

tions for Re. sti tion and until the next apportionment, shall be held

presentatives. at

at the same time and places that the biennial elec-
tions for members to the Legislature are held ; and
that this act take effect from and after its passage.

Approved February 28th, 1846.

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To provide an appropriation for the payment of the

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SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of Amount ap. the State of Texas, That the sum of fifteen thou- propriated. sand dollars be, and the same is hereby appropriated for the payment of the mileage and per diem pay of the members of the Legislature of the State of Texas; also, for the payment of the per diem pay of the officers attendant theron.

Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That the Trea. Drafts paysurer be, and he is hereby authorized and required able. to pay all drafts which shall be drawn by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, attested by the Chief Clerk of said House, and all drafts which may be drawn by the President of the Senate, attested by the Secretary of the same, for the payment of the mileage and per diem pay of the members of each House of said Legislature, and the per diem pay of the officers attendant thereon, out of any monies in the Treasury appropriated by this

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act; and that this act take effect from and after its passage.

Approved March 13th, 1846.

AN ACT

To postpone the holding of the District Courts in

the several Judicial Districts.

SECTION 1. Be it enucted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the regular terms of the District Courts be, and they are hereby postponed until further provided by law.

Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That this act take effect from and after its passage.

Approved March 14th, 1846.

AN ACT

Better to define the boundary of Fannin County.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That from and after the passage of this act, the county of Fannin be, and the same is hereby bounded as follows, to. wit: Beginning on Red River at the mouth of Bois D'Arc Creek; thence up the same to the crossing thereof, at the late residence of Carter Clist deceased; thence south with the line established by John D. Black, County Surveyor of Fannin county, to the south-west corner of Lamar county; thence south eighty degrees west, to a point due south of the mouth of Choctaw Bayou; thence north to Red River at the mouth of said Bayou; thence, down Red River to the begining.

Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That this act take effect from and after its passage.

Approved March 14th, 1846.

AN ACT

To create the County of Grayson. Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of Territory dethe State of Texas, That all the territory inclu_fined. ded within the following limits in the county of Fannin, to wit: Beginning on Red River at a point when reduced to a straight line, thirty miles west of the eastern boundary line of Fannin county; thence south twenty five miles; thence west thirty. five miles; thence north to Red River ; thence down said river as it meanders to the beginning, be, and the same is hereby created a new county, to be known and called by the name of Grayson.

Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That the inha- Rights and bitants residing within said limits shall be entitled privileges. to all the rights, privileges, and immunities enjoy. ed by the inhabitants of the several counties in the State, except as to the right of separate represenlation and a separate land district, for which purpose the new county aforesaid shall be considered a part of Fannin county until entitled by numbers to separate representation.

Sec. 3. Be it further enacted, That the county Jurisdiction. of Grayson, shail exercise jurisdiction over all the territory embraced within the following limits, to wit: Beginning at the south-west corner of Gray. son county; thence west to a point south of the source of the upper Washita ; thence north to Red River; thence down the same to the north-west cor. ner of said county of Grayson.

Sec. 4. Be it further enacted, That James CommissionThompson, James B. Shannon, George C. Dugan,

ers appointed. Richard R. McIntyre and Micajah C. Davis, be, and they are hereby appointed commissioners, whose duty it shall be to find the centre of said county, and select two places within three miles of said centre, having due respect to donations that may be offered of land, or ot!ier property for a town site for the use of said county. The commissioners shall then proceed to hold elections at the precincts

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