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HISTORY OF DALLAS OOUNTY.
shall be required to make oath or affirmation
that he has complied with the requisitions of
this act; which oath or affirmation shall be
SEC. 4.-That the president of the republic
be and he is hereby authorized to make a
contract with W. S. Peters, Daniel S. Carroll,
Alexander MicRed, Rowland Gibson, Robert
Espie, William H. Oldmixon, Daniel Spillman,
Robert Hume, John Salmon, W. C.
Bansamen, John Peters, William Scott, Phineas
J. Johnson, H. S. Peters, Timothy Cray,
and Samuel Browning collectively, for the
purpose of colonizing and settling a portion
of the vacant and unappropriated lands of the
republic, on the following conditions, to-wit:
The said contractors, on their part, agree to
introduce a number of families to be specified
in the contract, within three years from
the date of the contract, provided, however,
they shall commence the settlement within
one year from the date of said contract.
SEO. 5.-That the said contract shall be
drawn up by the Secretary of State, setting
forth such regulations and stipulations as
shall not be contrary to the general principles
of this law and the constitution, which contract
shall be signed by the President and the
party or parties, and attested by the Secretary
of State, who will also preserve a copy in his
SEC. 6.-That the President shall designate
certain boundaries to be above the limits of
the present settlements, within which the
emigrants under the said contract must reside;
provided, however, that all legal grants
and surveys that may have been located
within the boundaries so designated previously
to the date of said contract shall be
respected; and any locations or surveys made
by the contractors or their emigrants on such
grants and surveys, shall be null and void.
SEC. 7.-That not more than one section
of six hundred and forty acres of land, co be
located in a square, shall be given to any
family comprehended in said contract nor
more than three hundred and twenty acres to
a single man over the age of seventeen years.
SEC. 8.-That no individual contract made
between any contractor and the families or
single persons which he may introduce, for a
portion of the land to which respectively they
may be entitled by way of recompense for
passage, expense of transportation, removal or
otherwise, shall be binding if such contract
embrace more than one-half of the land,
which he, she or they, may be entitled to under
this law; nor shall any contract act as a lieu
on any larger portion of such land; nor shall
any emigrant be entitled to any land, or receive
a title for such land until such person
or persons shall have built a good and comfortable
cabin upon it, and shall keep in cultivation
and under good fence at least fifteen
acres on the tract which he may have received.
SEC. 9.-That all the expenses attending
the selection of the land, surveying title and
other fees, shall be paid by the contractor to
the persons respectively authorized to receive
them; provided, however, that this provision
shall not release the colonist from the obligation
of remunerating the contractor in the
amount of all such fees, so soon as it can be
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/150/: accessed September 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.