The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 24, July 1920 - April, 1921 Page: 24
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region northward to a line running directly east to tie Pecos from
a point on the Rio Grande twenty miles above the town of Sabine.
The remainder of the region which had formerly been allotted to
Santa F6 county was now designated as the new county of Santa
F4.18 The four counties were specified as the eleventh judicial
district,s' and in the reapportionment of representatives in the
Texas legislature, the four were combined into one senatorial dis-
trict, while Santa F6 county was allowed a representative in the
lower house, and the other three counties together were given a
On January 4, 1850, an act was passed providing for the ap-
pointment of a commissioner to organize each county, by laying
it off into convenient districts, or precincts, and by holding elec-
tions for county officers, and notifying the proper state official of
the result of these elections." On the following day Governor
Bell drew up an address to the citizens of these four counties, in
which he explained that their territory had long been included in
the limits of Texas, but that the necessity of centering her atten-
tion upon the struggle for independence had rendered it imprac-
ticable to organize the region earlier. They were now informed
that organization had been provided for, and that Robert S. Neigh-
bors had been selected by the governor to accomplish this organi-
zation, the principal motive being to extend to them the advan-
tages which other Texans held; and they were therefore invited
to "hold the most free and unrestricted intercourse with him and
. . . to lend him such assistance and protection" as his pres-
ence among them might require."
Neighbors was instructed to proceed as quickly as possible to
the counties which were to be organized, and to circulate this
address, which, it was thought, should prepare the people for
ready acquiescence. His method of procedure upon arrival was
explained, and he was especially warned that while he should act
with firmness and decision, he should also "observe that mildness
and courtesy of manner which is so well calculated to inspire con-
fidence and esteem, and remove all prejudices which may hereto-
"Gammel, Laws of Texas, III, 459-460.
"Ibid., III, 462.
'"Ibid., III, 479, 481.
"Ibid., III, 464-465.
"'Senate Journal, 3rd Legislature, 2nd sess., appendix, 69-71; also Hous-
ton Telegraph and Texas Register, March 7, 1850.
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