The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 11, July 1907 - April, 1908 Page: 278
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rebellion had deprived the people if Texas of all civil government,
it was now the solemn duty of the President, imposed by the
constitution, to enable the loyal people there to organize a State
government. The Provisional Governor was directed to prescribe
at the earliest practicable period such rules and regulations as
might be necessary and proper for holding a convention composed
of delegates to be chosen by that portion of the people of the State
who were loyal to the United States, and no others, for the pur-
pose of altering or amending the constitution of the State; and
he was given authority to exercise all necessary and proper powers
to restore the State to its constitutional relations to the United
States; provided that in the election for delegates to the convention
no person should be eligible either as an elector or as a member
of the convention unless he had previously taken the oath of
amnesty, as prescribed in the President's proclamation of May 29,
1865, and was a voter as prescribed by the constitution and laws
of the State in force immediately before secession. The military
commander of the department and all other military officers in
the service of the United States were directed to aid and assist
the provisional governor in carrying the proclamation into effect,
and were enjoined to abstain from hindering or discouraging in
any way the loyal people from organizing a State government.
The Secretary of State was directed to put in force all the laws of
the United States, the administration of which belonged to his de-
partment and which were applicable to the State of Texas; the Sec-
tary of the Treasury was to proceed to nominate the officers necessary
to put into operation the revenue laws, giving preference in each
case to loyal persons residing within the district; the Postmaster-
General was directed to re-establish the postal service; the United
States District Judge for the district of Texas was authorized to
hold courts according to the acts of Congress; the Attorney-Gen-
eral was directed to instruct the proper officers to libel, bring to
judgment, confiscation, and sale such property as had become sub-
ject to confiscation; and the Secretaries of the Navy and the In-
terior were directed to put in force such laws as related to their
Governor Hamilton arrived in Galveston on July 21, where
'Messages and Papers of the Presidents, Vol. VI, p. 321.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 11, July 1907 - April, 1908, periodical, 1908; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101045/m1/282/: accessed July 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.