Laws Passed by the Eighth Congress of the Republic of Texas. Page: 49
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For the protection of the South-Western Frontier.
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House ofRepresentatives
of the Republic of Texas iin Congress assembled, That
authority is, hereby, given to the corntnauder of the troops,
on the Western and South-Western frontier, to give full and
public notice, in writing, and otherwise, requiring all persons
known to have been in arms, against this Republic, since the
invasion of General Vasquez in the spring of 1S42, to depart
out of the Republic, within twenty days from the date of said
notice, and after the lapse of said twenty days, it shall be the
duty of said commander to arrest any and all such persons,
and have them tried by a court-martial, and if they be found
to be citizens of this Republic and not in ar-ns against the
Government, at the time of their arrest, but guilty ot any treasonable
offence, said commander shall deliver such person,
or persons to the civil authorities; those who are not citizens,
and are guilty of any evil practices, or designs against this
Government, shall be subjected to any penalty said courtmartial
may deem proper to inflict.
SEC. '. Be it further enacted, That the commander of the
troops on the Western atnd Soulh-Western Frontier, concurrently
with the Chief Justices of any county, shall make all
needful regulations for preventing the NMexican trade from being
turned to the injury of the Republic, and they shall have
power to grant passports to traders, and rnake such arrangements,
as they may deem proper, i: conformity tol;lw.
SEC. 3. Be it fitrther enacted, That it shall be the dtlut of'
the captain, or leader of any p,,rty oft traders, on ente:ring the
settlements to present himself to the commander o' the troops
on the western frontier, or to some Chi'ef Justice, and on retiring,
shall require a >passport for his or their security, for
which they shall [pay a tee o'f on dollar, and the commanding
officer, on the West and South-Western frontier, shall arrest
any and all persons, going from the western settlements
of Texas to the Rio (rande, or coming from thei said Rio
Grande, into the settlements, that imav b: f,'? rvr? c.in, or
attrlmpting to evade, the l.)r).vi,' i ith's; law..
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