The French and Texians shall enjoy, in their persons and property,
in the entire extent of their respective territories, the same
rights, privileges, and exemptions, which are or may be granted
to the most favored nation. They shall have the right of disposing
freely of their property by sale, exchange, by deed of gift, will, or
in any other manner, without any impediment or difficulty. In
like manner, the citizens of
each, inheriting property in either of
the states, may become heirs, without any hindrance, to such propperty
which may devolve to them al intestate, and without being
held to pay any other or higher tax on the succession than that
which shall be paid in similar cases by the citizens of the country
themselves. They shall be exempted from all military service,from
all war contributions,-forced loans,-military requisitions,
and in every other case, their personal or real estate shall not be
subject to any other charge or impost than that which shall be paid
by the citizens of the country themselves.
If it should happen that one of the two contracting parties be
at war with any other power whatever, the other power shall prohibit
their citizens from taking or holding commissions or letters
of marque to cruise against the other, or to molest the commerce or
property of her citizens.
The two contracting parties adopt in their mutual relations, the
principle "that the flag covers the goods."
If one of the two parties remains neuter when the other may be
at war with a third power, the goods covered by the neutral flag
shall also be considered to be neutral, even if they should belong
to the enemies of the other contracting party.
It is equally understood, that the neutrality of flag protects also
the freedom of persons, and that the individuals belonging to a
hostile power, who may be found on board a neutral vessel, shall
not be made prisoners, unless they are actually engaged in the service
of the enemy.
In consequence of the principle that the merchandise is to be
considered as belonging to the nation under the flag of which it
sails, neutral property found on board an enemy's vessel, shall be
considered as an enemy's, unless, it shall have been shipped on board
the vessel before the declaration of war, or before knowledge of such
declaration in the port from whence the vessel may have departed.
The two contracting parties will not apply this principle, as it
may concern other powers. except in the case of those by whom it
may be recognized.
Gammel, Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen. The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 2. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6726/. Accessed July 30, 2014.