The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899 Page: 244
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make conditional contracts, subject to ratification or rejection by
this Congress, and that they report by the 15th of November, and
in making selections they be confined to the section of country be-
tween the Trinity and Guadalupe rivers, and that they select no
place over twenty miles north of the upper San Antonio road, nor
south of a direct line running from the Trinity and Guadalupe
crossing the Brazos at Fort Bend."
By joint vote of the houses five commissioners were selected.
They were Messrs. Greer, McGehee, Burton, Sherlock, and Chries-
Upon the subsequent vote of both houses in choosing the site,
Eblin's League (the adjoining league to Colonel Moore's, on which
LaGrange is situated) was put in nomination, and upon the second
ballot received a majority of all the votes.
It may be of some interest to know the names of the places
nominated in the contest. Besides Eblin's League, there were Nash-
ville, Bastrop, Black's Place, San Felipe de Austin, Nacogdoches,
Groce's Retreat, Comanche-not the town of that name at pres-
President Houston vetoed this bill, so momentous to the inter-
est of Fayette County, upon the ground that "the law fixing tempo-
rarily the seat of government" provided "that it shall be estab-
lished at the town of Houston until the end of the session, 1840,
which clearly required "that at least two elections must take place
for members of the house of representatives, and two-thirds of the
senators will be renewed previous to that time." "Many changes,"
he argued, "must take place in the population and condition of
Texas previous to the year 1840," and the act contemplated "a larger
expenditure of the public treasure than the Executive would be
willing to see subtracted from the treasury at this time."3
These seemed good and sufficient reasons. What especial motive
the house and Senate had for pushing the question further, is not
expressed in the resolutions upon the question which followed.
May 22d the veto message was received, the bill was taken up
again, and the question put,
1 House Journal, Second Congress, pp. 10, 38-9, 62-3.
a House Journal, Second Congress, Adjourned Session, pp. 97-8.
8 Ibid., pp. 162-3.
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