Texas Almanac, 1859 Page: 18
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18 TEXAS ALMANAC.
ALL THE LAWS OF THE LAST LEGISLATURE.
THE following synopsis embraces a full view of all the general laws passed by
the last Legislature, as far as they are of interest to the general reader. In the
labor of condensation nothing of substance, or that could be necessary to a correct
understanding of them, has been omitted. Of course, State and county officers,
judges, lawyers and their clients, will often have occasion to refer to the exact lan-
guage of the Legislature, but these few pages embrace all that is of interest to all
others in a volume of almost three hundred pages, with the exception of some three
or four acts, such as the acts amending the Penal Code and Code of Criminal Pro-
cedure, the Jury Act, and-the Act regulating proceedings in the District Courts.
We may here state that of the 165 general laws passed at the last Session, 24 have
relation only to particular counties, such as legalizing the acts of county officers,
etc., and 35 others either relate to particular individuals, or are otherwise of no
general interest whatever; 21 acts were passed in relation to Judicial Districts,
all except one of which (6th) have received changes, either in the time of holding
courts, or the counties composing them, and one new Judicial District (the 19th)
has been created. All the information that is given by these acts, will be had, at
one view, by referring to our table of Judicial Districts. Eleven acts were passed
changing county boundaries, and nine more creating 37 new counties, and all the
information that is given by these 20 acts, may be had by a glance at our new
map, where all the new and old counties are represented correctly according to
For the convenience of reference we have numbered the several acts, as they are
numbered in the published volume.
Old County Boundaries changed.-The following old counties have had their bound-
aries changed, to wit: Goliad, San 'Patricio, Nueces, Comanche, Trinity, Walker,
Upshur, Brown, Palo Pinto, Llano, San Saba, Comal, Hays, Limestone, Na-arrb,
Hill. (16 in all.)
New Counties created.-The following new counties were created at the last Ses-
sion, to wit: Montague; Clay, Archer, Mason, Menard, Throckmorton, Hardin, Za-
pata, Hamilton, Kimball, Buchanan, Concho, Wichito, Coleman, Dawson; Shackel-
ford, McMullen, Eastland, Frio, Callahan, Zavalla, Edwards, Haskell, Knox, Harde-
man, Dimmit, Baylor, Runnels, Jones, Wilborger, La Salle, Duval, Taylor, Encinal,
Bee, Chambers, Blanco. (37 in all.)
Of these new counties 25 are expressly named in honor of certain individuals, all
deceased but one, namely, Dr. Branch T. Archer, CoL Michael B. Menard, Dr. Tim.
E. Throckmorton, the Hardins of Liberty, CoL Antonio Zapata, Gen. Jas. Hamil-
ton, Kimball, who fell at the Alamo; Co. Robt. M. Coleman, Capt. Nicholas Daw-
son, who fell at Dawson's Massacre in .1842; Capt. John Shackelford, ded., one
of the survivors of Fannin's Massacre; McMullen, one ;of the Texas Empressarlos ;
Capt. Wm. M. Eastland, who was murdered while a prisoner in Mexico; Capt.Jas.
H. Callahan, deed., one of the survivors of Fannin's Massacre; Lorenzo de Zavalla,
first Vice-President of Texas; Hayden Edwards, one of the early settlers at Nacog-
doches; Charles Haskell, a Tennessean, who fell at Fannin's Massacre; the bro-
thers Bailey and Thos. J. Hardeman; Capt. PhilipDimmit; Dr. Henry Baylor, killed
at Dawson's Massacre; .Ex-Governor Hiram -G. Runnels, Dr. Anson Jones, last
President of the Republic of Te as; the two brothers Josiah and Matthias Wilbor-
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