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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Lynch dispensed justice from his store in Lynchburg. On No-
vember i, President Sam Houston directed him to be impartial.
"Let justice be done [he wrote], but no violence as all Citizens
are under the Mantle of the laws, and Shall be protected."'65
Beginning in September, in the papers relating to the election
of representatives and senators of the First Congress, the munici-
pality was transformed into the county of Harrisburg.66 Despite
the change of name there was no attempt to set up a county
government until December. Wray signed himself as alcalde as
late as January 2, 1837,67 and Lynch as acting judge of the county
of Harrisburg as late as January 5, 1837.68 On December 20o, 1836,
Congress elected Andrew Briscoe chief justice, that is county
judge, of Harrisburg County,"9 and he assumed office on or about
January 11, 1837.70 On that date one can safely assume the Mu-
nicipality of Harrisburg was at an end.
65Domestic Correspondence of the Secretary of State (MSS.).
66Congressional Papers (MSS. in Archives, Texas State Library), file 512.
67Acknowledgment to deed of Charles Sage to Nathaniel J. Dobie in Deed Rec-
ords of Harris County, A, 435-436.
68Acknowledgment to deed of John R. Rhea to James Morgan, in Deed Records
of Harris County, A, 315-316.
69Amelia W. Williams and Eugene C. Barker (eds.), The Writings of Sam
Houston, x813-863 (8 vols.; Austin, 1938-1943), I, 513-514.
70A. Briscoe to Thomas J. Rusk, Harrisburg, January 11, 1837, in Domestic Cor-
respondence of the Secretary of State (MSS.).
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