Proceedings of the Senate and Documents Relative to Texas, from which the Injunction of Secrecy Has Been Removed Page: 11 of 119
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ments, archives and public documents, public funds, debts, taxes and dues
unpaid at the time of the exchange of the ratifications of this treaty.
The citizens of Texas shall be incorporated into the Union of the United
States, maintained and protected in the free enjoyment of their liberty and
property, and admitted, as soon as may be consistent with the principles of
the Federal Constitution, to the enjoyment of all the rights, privileges, and
immunities, of citizens of the United States.
All titles and claims to real estate, which are valid under the laws of
Texas, shall be held to be so by the United States; and measures shall be
adopted for the speedy adjudication of all unsettled claims to land, and
patents shall be granted to those found to be valid.
The public lands hereby ceded shall be subject to the laws regulating
the public lands in the other Territories of the United States, as far as they
may be applicable; subject, however, to such alterations and changes as
Congress may from time to time think proper to make. It is understood
between the parties, that, if in consequence of the mode in which lands
have been surveyed in Texas, or from previous grants or locations, the
sixteenth section cannot be applied to the purpose of education, Congress
shall make equal provision by grant of land elsewhere. And it is also
further understood, that, hereafter, the books, papers, and documents of the
General Land Office of Texas shall be deposited and kept at such place in
Texas as the Congress of the United States shall direct.
The United States assume and agree to pay the public debts and liabilities
of Texas, however created, for which the faith or credit of her Government
may b3 bound at the time of the exchange of the ratifications of this
treaty; which debts and liabilities are estimated not to exceed, in the
whole, ten millions of dollars, to be ascertained and paid in the manner
The payment of the sum of three hundred and fifty thousand dollars
shall be made at the Treasury of the United States, within ninety days
after the exchange of the ratifications of this treaty, as follows: Two hundred
and fifty thousand dollars to Frederick Dawson, of Baltimore, or his
executors, on the delivery of that amount of ten per cent. bonds of Texas;
one hundred tliousand dollars, if so much be required, in the redemption of
the exchequer bills which may be in circulation at the time of the exchange
of the ratifications of this treaty. For the payment of the remainder of the
debts and liabilities of Texas, which, together with the amount already
specified, shall not exceed ten millions of dollars, the public lands herein
ceded, and the nett revenue from the same, are hereby pledged.
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United States. Congress. Senate. Proceedings of the Senate and Documents Relative to Texas, from which the Injunction of Secrecy Has Been Removed, book, 1844; [Washington]. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2363/m1/11/: accessed May 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .