The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963 Page: 224

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The Convention of 1836 adopted a resolution on March 14
changing the bounty grants to 1,28o acres for each volunteer then
in the service who should continue to serve during the war, to
640 acres for each who served six months, and to 32o acres for
each one who served three months. The act further provided that
those volunteers who should enter the service before July, 1836,
and serve during the war, provided the war continued for six
months, would receive 960 acres. Also each volunteer who had
served in the siege of Bexar was granted a bounty of 640 acres.
In addition to those grants, the resolution promised the heirs
of any man who might fall in the struggle, or who might die from
any cause while in the service, the same amount of land due the
deceased under the colonization laws of the state, one league and
one labor for a man with a family and one third of a league for
a single man.16 An act approved on December io, 1836, gave to
mounted riflemen on the frontier the same bounties as those
which had been given to volunteers of the revolution."
After the victory at San Jacinto, Texas was still in danger of
invasion. President David G. Burnet, in his message to the first
congress of the republic on October 4, 1836, recommended that
the bounty law be extended to apply to those who entered the
service after July 1, 1836.17 Just as the United States liberalized
its bounty laws in the act of March 3, 1855, so Texas, by an act
passed on November 24, 1836, declared that all ordinances grant-
ing lands to volunteers from the United States "should be so
construed as to include all who have rendered service in the Army
of the Republic of Texas." Also in response to President Burnet's
request, an act was passed to extend the bounty to those who
entered the service after July 1, 1836. The measure was passed
over the veto of President Sam Houston.8 Another act passed
over the president's veto on June 12, 1837, declared that no more
bounties would be promised to those who entered the service
after October 1, 1837.9 Because various acts granting bounties
15Ibid., 894-895.
loIbid., 1134.
17Message of President Burnet to the First Congress, October 4, 1836, Journal of
the House of Representatives of the Republic of Texas, First Congress, First Session,
1836 (Houston, 1838), 16.
isGammel, Laws of Texas, I, 1094.
lIbid., 1324.


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