Laws of the Republic of Texas, in two volumes. Volume 02. Page: 44
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SEC. 5. Be it further enacted, That it shall not be necessary
in such cases, that a bill be found biy a grand jury, but the
party shall be required to proceed to trial upon a charge made
out and signed by the person lodging the information setting
forth the offence with which such slave stands charged.
SEC 6. Be itfurther enacted, That if any slave or free person
of color shall use insulting or abusive language to, or threaten
any fiee white person, upon complaint thereof before any
justice of the peace, such justice shall cause such negro to be arrested,
and upon conviction, the slave or fece person of color,
shall be punished by stripes not exceeding one hundred norless
Speaker of the house of representatives.
M1RABEAU B. LAMAR,
President of the senate.
Approved, Dec. 14, 1837.
Concerning the public Archives.
SEC. 1. Be it enacted, by the senate and house of representatives
of the republic of Texas, in congress assembled, That
it shall be the duty of every person or persons, who may have in
his or their possession or control any titles or documents whatever,
which relate to, lands, and which by the laws now or hereafter
existing in Texas, have been and are considered "Archives,"
to deliver the same to the commissioner .of the general
land office, on his order, within sixty days after the final passage
of this act.
SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That any and all persons
comprehended within the meaning and provisions of the
first section of this act, who shall fail or rEfuse to comply with
the duties herein ;required, shall be taken and consideredas guilty
of a high misdemeanor, and shall upon conviction thereof befboeithe
district court, be fined not less- than one thousand dollark,
nor more tharifive thousand :dollars at the discretio'i of the
court, and in default of payment, shall be committed until said
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