The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907 Page: 82
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probable-or, finally, he may have gotten it by some private ar-
rangement of which we know nothing.
The law of March 14, 1885. - The next law in the
series, passed March 14, 1835, authorized the governor, in
order to meet "the present exigencies of the state," to
dispose of the public land to the amount of four hundred
leagues. Article 2 allowed him to regulate the colonization of this
land on such conditions as he thought proper, "without subjection
to the provision of the law of the 26th of March of the year last
past." As an afterthought, it occurred to the legislature that this
might be interpreted too liberally, and two weeks later (March 30)
another decree explained that the governor was, of course, to con-
sider himself "subject to the general laws of the union."'
Under this act S. M. Williams and John Durst obtained a hun-
dred and twenty-four leagues,2 and we have it on the authority of
the legislature that other contracts were made for the remainder
of the four hundred leagues," but by whom we do not know, since
the grants appear never to have been located. Williams and Durst
immediately re-sold a hundred and twenty-one leagues of their
grant to fourteen persons, mainly in blocks of ten leagues each,
which were located principally in the present counties of Harrison,
Nacogdoches, and Red River.
The national congress hearing of this law of March 14, annulled
it by a decree of April 25. The reason assigned was that the law
was contrary in articles 1 and 2 to the national colonization law
of August 18, 1824. The decree declared moreover, that "by
virtue of the authority reserved to the general congress in article 7
of the law of August 18, 1824," frontier and coast states were for-
bidden to alienate their vacant lands for colonization until rules
could be established to govern the same. In the meantime, if any
state wished to sell a part of its vacant domain, it must first secure
the approval of the general government, which should in every case
'Decrees Nos. 293 and 295, in Gammel, Laws of Texas, I 391-92, 393.
'Land Titles, Vol. 34, in the General Land Office.
'Laws and Decrees of Coahuila and Texas, in Gammel, Laws of Texas,
'This article is as follows: "Until the year 1840 the general Congress
shall not prohibit the admission of foreigners to colonize, excepting, in-
deed, circumstances should imperiously oblige it so to do, with regard to
the individuals of any nation." Gammel, Laws of Texas, I 97. It is not
easy to see the bearing of this article upon the point in question.
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