The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 15, July 1911 - April, 1912 Page: 88
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly
legislature, 1849-1850; it was translated into German by Albert
Max von Germar and was printed at Austin in 1850.
The third item is a German translation, printed in German
type and transliterated, of 62 of the general laws and 17 of the
special laws of the fifth State legislature, 1853-1854. The trans-
lator was Alexander Rossy; the press "der San Antonio-Zeitungs-
The State Library already had a German translation of part of
the laws of the fourth State legislature made by C. N. Riotte and
printed at Galveston in 1853.
The rarity of the volumes is apparent from the fact that they
are not mentioned in Raines's Bibliography of Texas nor in any
other bibliographical aid as far as has been discovered. Further,
their existence was not known to the Library of Congress, the
library of Harvard University Law School, the New York Public
Library, or the New York State Library, which are the largest
law libraries in the country, until an inquiry was addressed to
them by the State Library at Austin.
Translations of session laws into German, Spanish and Nor-
wegian (this in 1858) were authorized at various times between
1837 and 1858 but it is not definitely known just how many au-
thorized translations were actually made. And of those made it is
not known how many are still extant. Copies of these laws no
doubt exist in localities where Spanish, German and Norwegian
are spoken, since the laws authorizing the translations in the early
days specified that they should be distributed where they would be
of most use. Any one who will aid in locating additional copies
of these laws or in furnishing information relative to them will
receive the hearty and deserved thanks of the State Library, which
is endeavoring to collect and preserve the annals of the State.
JOHN BOYNTON KAISER.
Laws and Decrees of Coahuila and Texas Wanted.-Certain de-
crees are omitted from the compilation of Laws and Decrees of
Coahuila and Texas, translated by J. P. Kimball and published at
Houston in 1839. Among those omitted are those listed below,
which are much needed, and any information concerning them will
be gratefully acknowledged by the State Library, Austin, Texas.
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