Ordinances and Decrees of the Consultation, Provisional Government of Texas and the Convention, Which Assembled at Washington March 1, 1836. Page: 61
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Postmaster-General may provide, by contract, for the
conveyance of the mail on any Road on which a stage,
Vwaggon, or any other stage carriage shall be established,
on condition that the expense thereof shall not exceed
the income thence arising. All contracts for carrying
the mail, whether on horseback or otherwise, shall be
tor any term not exceeding two years-revocable at til(
pleasure of tire Postmaster-General, and at all time
subject to such alterations, as to time of departure, arrival
and distances, and frequency of transportation a.
he may think proper-subject, however, to increase or
diminution on the' amount to be paid on said contract to
tlhe Contraclor, in ratio of increase or diminution oi
services Irequired; and it shall be lawful for the Postlmaster-General
to impose such fines and forfeitures
upon tthe Mail Contractors for all failures they may make,
in nrlot regularly and faithfully complying with the tern.s
of ih1eir contract as, in his opinion, may be just and
proper: pro,'ided, that no fine, for a failure in delivering
any mail at the appointed time, shall exceed the pay for
Ssc. 4. Be it fIrtu/her ordZiineC ant[ decree(, That no
other than a free white European, Anglo-American, or
,Mexican shall be employed in conveying the Mail on any
of the Post-Ro.ads, either as carrier, rider or driver; and
ainy and( every violation of this Ordinance shall subject:
the Contractor, for each offence, to forfeit and pay the
sutn' ot one hundred dollars-one moiety thereof to the
V ue of thle Provisional Government, the other moicty to the
person w'ho shall sue for and prosecute the same beibre
any court having jurisdiction thereof.
SEC. 5. Be it fizrther ordcinied and decreed, That it
any person shall, knowingly and wilfully, obstruct or retard
the passage of the mail, or'of any driver or carrier,
or of any horse or carriage carrying the samTe, he shall,
upon conviction thereof, for every such offence, pay a
finenot exceeding one hundred dollars'; and if any 1errymtan
shall, by wilful neglect or refusal to transport the
mail across any ferry, hinder or delay the same, he shal
forfeit and par, for every ten minus the same shall be
delayed, a sumi not exceeding ten dollars.
ESc.' 6. Be it firtuhcr ordained and' decreed, That it
shall be the duty of the I'ostmaster-Gencral to give puh6
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Texas (Republic). Secretary of State. Ordinances and Decrees of the Consultation, Provisional Government of Texas and the Convention, Which Assembled at Washington March 1, 1836., book, 1838; Houston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth45353/m1/61/?q=European: accessed January 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .