Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 151 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
done without a sale of their land; and further,
the President may donate to every settlement
of one hundred families made unler the provisions
of this act one section of six hundred
and forty acres of land to aid and assist the
settlement in the erection of a building for
religious public worship.
Sy.c. 10.-That the president may allow
the contractors a compensation for their services,
and1 in recomnjense of their labor and
expense attendant on the introduction and
settlement of the families introduced by him,
ten sections for every hundred families, and
in the saime ratio of lialf sections for every
hundlredl single men introduced and settled;
it being understood that no fractional number
lct s thalln one llundred will be allowed any
S:c. Il..-Tlhat tlie proneium lands must
be selected froIm tlhe vacant lands within the
territorial limits defined in the contract; and
furtlhr, all fees incidental to the issue of
patents for lands acquired under tlhe provisiols
of this law shall be paid to the comissionerf
tl nrl ln of te nrl office, for the
uls e antd blietit of tie public treasury.
SI:c. 12..-That a failure on the part of the
contractors and a forfeiture of their contract,
thull not ,be prejudicial to tlle rights of such
famtilies and single persons as they Imay introducw,
who slall be entitled to their refpietivo
(quoIts of land agreeablo to tlhe provibion
of tllis law.
Sie.: 13.--T'lt tlle contractors shall be
nlquirid to have one-tlird of tlle whole
numlwr of the families and siabgle persons for
which they contract, within the limits of the
Republic before the expiration of one year
from the date of the contract, under the
penalty of a forfeiture of the same; and it
shall be the duty of the Secretary of State,
forthwith, after the expiration of such term
and failure on the part of the contractors to
comply with tbe provision, to publish and
declare said forfeiture, unless the President,
for good, sufficient reasons, shall extend the
term six months, which he can do; and all
substitutions of families living within the
limits of the Republic by the contractors
shall not entitle them to any premiums for
such families, nor shall it operate in favor of
them for the number of families which they
are bound to introduce; and this act shall
take effect from and after its passage."
Advertisement of this act was extensively
made in all the other States, and thereby
much attention was attracted to Texas. But
few, however, had the courage to come and
remain as settlers.
Under this act a contract was made between
Sain Houston, tlen President of Texas, and
Samuel Browning, attorney for a company
composed of Joseph Carroll, Henry Peters,
et al, o0 the 30th day of August, 1841, in
whlicl it was agreed that a colony, to be called
Peters' Colony, should locate in the northern
portion of the State. It covered a large section
of territory, reaching from the southern
border of the Red river to a line so far south
as to include a large portion of what is now
Ellis county. The east border of this colony
survey took its beginning at the mouth of
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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/m1/151/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.