The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907 Page: 229
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The Seat of Government of Texas.
most of them with the intention of purchasing property on which
to establish themselves as permanent settlers, others for the pur-
pose of investing capital in the enterprise . . .
Many private individuals have their buildings already finished,
with the purpose of immediately erecting them on their making a
I)urchase, and we can scarcely imagine a more heart-stirring and
cheering sight than will be presented at Austin during the time of
the sale and after.
Although the Cherokee War diverted attention from Austin and
centered it upon the eastern portion of the Republic at the very
time when the first sale of lots was to occur, an eager throng of
purchasers gathered on the day fixed, August 1st. Sheriff Charles
King of Bastrop county was the auctioneer. 1 The sale continued for
one day. Two hundred and seventeen lots, one-third of the whole
number, were sold at prices ranging from $120 for the lowest to
$2,700 for the highest. The total sales amounted to $300,000.
The formal launching of the new city was regarded as satisfactory
3. Erection of the Public Buildings.
Section 14 of the act for the permanent location of the seat of
government provided for the erection of the public buildings at the
site selected by the commissioners. It reads thus:
Be it further enacted, That the President be, and he is hereby
duly authorized and empowered to contract for all necessary public
buildings, offices, &c., and draw on the treasurer for all such sums
of money as may be necessary for the completion of the same.2
Section 1 of a supplementary act is as follows:
Be it enacted by the Senate and IIouse of Representatives of the
Republic of Texas in Congress assembled, That the President be,
and he is hereby required to have erected at the point which may be
selected for the location of the Seat of Government, agreeable to the
provisions of the act to which this is a supplement, such buildings
as he may deem necessary for the accommodation of the fourth an-
nual Congress of this Republic, together with the President and
cabinet and other officers of the Government: Provided, Such loca-
'Mrs. Julia Tips 'Goeth, The First Sale of l'own Lots in Austin, in
The Austin, Daily Statesman, March 19, 1905.
"Laws of the Republic of Texas, Passed the First Session of Third Con-
gress, 1839, p. 165.
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