Laws of the Republic of Texas, Passed the First Session of Third Congress, 1839. Page: 35
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Entitled an Act to extend to late Emigrants, orthose who may
emigrate within a specific time, a donation of Land.
Sec. 1. Be it enactedby the Senate and House of Representatives
of the Republic of Texas in Congress assembled, That
every person who emigrated to this Republic since the first day
of October, Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred an thirtyseven,
or who may emigrate to this Republic by the first day of
January, one thousand eight hundred and forty, who is a free
white person, and the head of a family, and who actually resides
within the Government with his or her family, shall be entitled
t;c a conditional grant of six hundred and forty acres of land, by
paying the fees of office and surveying. The Conditions of the
said grant shall be, that both grantee, and his or her family, shall
remain and reside permanently within this Republic, and do and
perform any and all duties required of other citizens, for the term
of three years ; after which tine he, or his legal representatives,
.:hall receive from the Government an unconditional Deed for
said grant of land; Provided, that no sale of said claim to land
by the individual entitled to the same of this Government shall
be valid in law, and binding upon the person selling the same.
until an unconditional Deed shall be obtained by the grantee
for said land; and in no case whatever shall a grant of that description
be made unless it be satisfactorily proven that all the
,conditions and provisions of the law have been complied with.
And all single free white male persons, of the age of seventeen
and upwards, who have emigrated to this Republic since the first
dlay of October, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-seven.
or who may emigrate to this Republic by the first day of January,
one thousand eight hundred and forty, shall be entitled to
three hundred and twenty acres of land; and all laws and parts
of laws contrary to the meaning and provisions of this act are
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That all permanent resident
citizens of Texas who have or may arrive to tle age required
of emigrants by the above section of this act, shall be entitled
to the same quantity of land as emigrants upon the same
conditions that emigrants are.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That all officers and soldiers
who engaged in the service of Texas previous to the first
of March, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-seven, whose
families are now here, or who may arrive here by the first day
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