The Texas Almanac, for 1857, with Statistics, Historical and Biographical Sketches, &c., Relating to Texas. Page: 47
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LANDS REVERTED TO THE STATE. 47
411 acres. It will be seen that the Commissioner, in his last report,
speaks of the lands that have reverted to the State, in consequence of
which he makes the amount of our public domain near two millions
of acres more than by his previous report, notwithstanding over a
million of acres had been added to our land liabilities, during the same
time. This may need some further explanation, under the following
LANDS REVERTED TO THE STATE.
Nearly three millions of acres of deeded lands have reverted
to the State by virtue of the decisions of our Supreme Court. The
titles to nearly the whole of these lands were declared void, on the
same ground ; that is, because they were issued after the closing of
the Land Office, Nov. 13, 1835, by the Consultation, (See 12, Re-
ports, p. 381), and therefore contrary to law.
The following table shows the number of leagues, in the respective
colonies, that have thus reverted to the State, up to the date of the
last report, for which we are indebted to the kindness of Commis-
sioner Crosby :
In Austin and Williams Colony, 74 titles, 61 leagues.
In Burnet's Colony, - - 3 " 3 "
In Vehlein's - - 13 " 9
In Zavala's " - - 24 " 24
In Robertson's " - - 3 3
By Ch. S. Taylor, Commissioner, 92 " 88 " & 15 labors.
By Geo. W. Smythe, - - 55 " 62 "
By Berry, Alcalde, of Nacog., - 6 " 40
Large grants, by Williams & others, 24 " 237
Sold by the authorities of Coahuila
and Texas, 0 " 100
Total, - - 629 " and 1 labor.
A league consists of 4,428 acres. A labor consists of 177 3-25
acres, and therefore 'the above 629 leagues and I labor is equal
to - - - 2,785,389 acres.
To which add the titles set aside by the Sup-
reme Court, in special cases, up to this date,
Title to Baron de Bastrop, for 4 leagues to
Smith & Jesus de la Garza, et. al., - - 17,712
Title to Jno. Zekaimki, J league, in Fort Bend
County, - - - - - - 1,107
Jno. Hibbins, 1 league, (see vol. 7, S. C. R., p.
259) - - - - . - - 4,428 "
Jas. Power, 22 leagus, Refugio Co., 1st class, 97,416
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The Texas Almanac, for 1857, with Statistics, Historical and Biographical Sketches, &c., Relating to Texas., book, 1966; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth123763/m1/98/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.