History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families

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Lands classified as agricultural are sold to
actual settlers only, in quantities of not less
than eighty, and in multiples thereof not
more than 640 acres, provided that where
there is a fraction of less than eighty acres
of any section left such fraction may be sold.
Where two quarter sections are purchased
they must constitute a given halt of some
section. Lands classified as purely pasture
lands, and without permanent water thereon,
may be sold in quantities not to exceed four
sections to the same person. Parts of two
sections cannot be purchased without taking
the whole of one section. No sales are made
to a corporation, foreign or domestic, and all
sales to a settler are made on express condition
that any sale, transfer, or conveyance of
such land to a corporation, either immediate
or remote, shall ipsofacto terminate the title
of the purchaser and forfeit the laud to the
State. No watered portion of any section
shall be sold unless there is permanent water
on or bordering on the part of the section remaining
unsold.
The minimum price of lands sold under
this act is $2 per acre. Lands having permanent
water thereon or bordering thereon
are Eold at not less than $3 per acre. Timbered
lands are sold at not less than $5 per
acre. By timbered lands is meant lands
chiefly valuable for the timber thereon. The
timber on such lands may also be sold at the
discretion of the commissioner of the general
land office, for $5 per acre, cash, except where
land is sparsely timbered, then for not less
than $2 per acre, the I urchaser to have five
years from the date of purchase to remove
the timber therefroni, after which, if not removed,
it reverts to the State without judicial
ascertainment.
Agricultural and pasture lands are sold on
forty years' time, at 5 per cent. per annum

interest. One-fortieth of the aggregate purchase
money must be paid in advance, and an
obligation, duly executed, binding the purchaser
to pay to the State treasurer, on the
first day of August each year thereafter, until
the whole is paid, one-fortieth of the purchase
money and the interest on the whole of
the unpaid purchase money. Within one
year next after the expiration of three years'
residence on the land the purchaser must
make proof by his own affidavit, corroborated
by the affidavits of three disinterested and
credible citizens of the county, certified to by
some officer of the court, that he has resided
on the land three years. Upon receipt of the
fortieth payment by the treasurer, and the
affidavit and obligation required to be filed
with the application for the land, the sale is
held effective.
All purchasers have the option of paying
in full after they have resided on their land
three consecutive years, proof of which must
be furnished the commissioner of the general
laud office. Purchasers may sell their lands
any time after three years, the vendee or subsequent
vendees to become subject to all the
conditions of sale to the original purchaser.
If the interest due on the first day of August
of any year is unpaid the purchaser
shall have until the first day of January
thereafter to pay said interest, and for said
default shall pay 50 per cent, penalty on said
interest past due. Failure to pay said past
due interest and penalty on or before the said
first day of January any year works a forfeiture
of the land without the necessity of reentry
or judicial ascertainment, except where
the purchaser dies, in which event his heirs
have one year after the first day of August
next after such death in which to make
payment.
Timbered lands are sold for cash.

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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families. Chicago. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/. Accessed January 30, 2015.