Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 185 of 1,110
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_e ~ ~ ~ ~ ITR OF DALA CUNY.18
regulating elections at the time thereof, and
tle returns made to the chief justice, in ten
days after tlie election, vwho shall declare the
place receiving the highest number of votes
to Ibe the legal seat of justice of said county,
provided, any one place shall hIave received a
majority of all tile votes polled at said election;
but in the event that no one place
shall receive a majority as aforesaid, then and
in that case it sliall be the duty of the chief
justice to proceed to order another election
after giving notice as in tlhe first instance,
putting iln nomination tile two places that
have received the greatest number of votes,
which sliall bo conducted and returns made
as heretofore provided, and the place then
receiving the highliest number of votes shall
1e (eclared the county seat of justice, provided
it shall not be more than five miles
from tlhe center of said county.
S:c. . ..--.1e it. furtller enacted, that Willianin
.enkins, Jamles J. Beeman, William
Ioalrde, Mlicajah Goodwin and R. J. West,
of wlho1n three may constitute a quorum to
do business. sliall be and they are hereby
aplpoinlted commissioners to lay out and sell
hlts if necessary, and to superintend the carrying
out of such propositions as may have
tbeen malde ill behalf of thle location selected,
and report to tle cliief justice, wlhetlier or
lnot tlie bonds containing propositions ill favor
of sail stelectel place have been strictly
cotipliedt with by tlhe makers andl(l obligors
of the t s.atLe.
S.\ . O.-Be it further enacted, tliat as soon
as tle county building are received by the
fOitnisiioner. and reporte(l to tile chief justice.
tle clerks of tlie l)istrict andl County
Courts, slleriff and district surveyor, shlall
remltove their oflices.I and )LIl)ers to tlhe place
reflected afl t11l outilty seat, and :all courts
tihrvafler tiihll lie held at tlie state coutity
SEC. 7.--Be it further enacted, that all
laws and parts of laws, conflicting with this
act are hereby repealed; and that this act take
effect and be in force from and after its passage.
Approved March 20, 1848.
It is probable that the above failed to meet
requirements in settling this election; so the
following act was passed concerning a general
AN ACT TO LOCATE THE SEAT OF JUSTICE OF
SECTION 1.-Be it enacted by the Legislature
of the State of Texas, that the day of
general election for county officers in the
year one thousand eight hundred and fifty
be and is hereby fixed as the day for holding
an election in the county of Dallas, for the
selection of a suitable place for the permanent
location of the seat of justice of said
county; provided the north boundary of said
county shall be established by that time; and
if not, directly after it is established.
SEC. 2.-That the chief justice of said
county shall give public notice of the same
in writing, posted up at the different precincts
at least ten days before the election.
SEC. 3.-That he shall receive and make
public, in writing as aforesaid, such propositions
as may be offered as inducements in
flavor of the selection of places recommended
as suitable locations for the seat of justice of
SEC. 4.-That the propositions submitted,
as atoresaid, shall be in the shape of penal
bonds, and Inay be collected at the suit of
said chief justice or his successors in office,
in tloe District Court, for the use of the
county, and tile proceeds applied to the erection
of county buildings for said county.
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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/m1/185/: accessed October 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.