Telegraph and Texas Register (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 2, No. 19, Ed. 1, Tuesday, May 30, 1837 Page: 1 of 4
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MOUSTON, TUESDAY, MAY 30, 1837.
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FIRST CONGRESS FIRST SESSION.
; "" - " Saturday, May 13.
. The senate met pursuant to adjournment.
-Prayer by the reverend Dr. W. W. Hall.
-MivJIorton presented a petition Yrom R. R. Royall. v
Mr. Irion presented a petition from sundry citizens living
between Red River and the Sabine, praying the laying off and
establishing-a -new county to be called Greene. . " .
Mr. Horton wished'to knownvhcn these people .came, into
the country and whether. they havebeenTrepresented6rnolun
this congress, atfhe was awarejof many living irf-that section of
the country that twelve or eighteen months agowere of a differ-
ent opinion, as to being .subjects of Texas.
Mr. Irion. For the gentleman's information lie would slate
thnt all the petitioners have come in the last twelve months.
The petition then, ?
On motion of Mr. Irion; was
Referred to the committee on county boundaries.
Mr. Ellis, from the committee on foreign relations offered a
report "as to the boundary line between the United States and
the republic of lexas; which was
Received by the senate, and made
The order of the day for Monday next.
Mr. Eveiitt introduced a bill establishing ports of entiyon
the coast of this Republic;
And was referred
Oif motion of Mr. Somervell,
To the committee on finance.
The bill establishing a public road from the city of Hous-
ton to some point on the Sabine; was
Called up on its second reading,
When after some discussion from Messrs. Horton and Evei-
itt, the bill was
Referred to the committee on roads, when
On motion the senate adjourned until Monday morning 10
tion with the constitution; he therefore would like for the hon- as Fur and Tiading company, which had been referred lastses-
orable gentleman fiom Red River to mention a committee pro- sion to a committee who had not reported,
per for the bill to be referred to, in order that an exceptionable Which motion was lost. si
On motion of Mr. Everett,
i That the president be requested to nominate such officers as
may be necessary to carry the revenue law into effect.
And the chair appointed, ' -
Messrs. Everitt and Robertson a committee to wait oh the
President and makp tuch. request.
-un motion ol Mr. Morton,
part of the bill should be stricken out.
Mr. Ellis thought the committee on the judiciary was a pro-
per one, and
The bill was referred to the committee on the judiciary.
The petition of R. R. Royall was called up, and
Referred to the committee on claims and accounts.
Mr. Everitt moved a special cnmmiHp" lv -pointed" to se,-
lectand secure a proper-place for the accommodation of the sen- A resolution wjis adopted' asking thehouse.of representa-
ale, when in session. jtives ior copies ol any communications they, may have received
"Mr. "JSverett-reiacf the 47th rule of the senate, which sajs from the heads of departments. - . , , ajfck
"the presiding officer of the senate shall have the regulation of' A message was received from the house of representatives
such parts of the capitol and of its passages as may be set apart i informing the senate they had passed certain resolutions ifec.
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ior me use ol me senate and its olhceis, and remarked that ine act estabJishmg ;
from some circumstances which had occurred lately, it would ing in the senate.
Monday, May 15.
The senate met pursuant to adjournment.
Prayer by reverend TV. W. Hall.
Mr. Everitt presented a petition from sundry citizens of Jas-
per county, praying the laying off and establishing of a road
from their county seat, to the city of Houston.
Mr. Everitt remarked, that Jasper county labored under
much and great inconveniences. She at present had no post of-
fices; no civil officers; no organization, or any means of com-
munication with other parts of the republic, all owing to the
fact that there was no roads or means of intercourse with any
important point in the country, which slate of things he hoped
would be altered by an immediate action, and granting of that
The petition was then referred to the committee on roads,
Mr. Hill presented a petition from Greenbury Logan, a free
man of' color, praying permission to remain in the republic.
- Mr. Horton presented a petition from Jane Earl, praying
for a divorce.
Referred to the committee an the judiciary.
Mr. Lester presented a petition fTom BarbaiyGillen, pray-
Mr. Ellis introduced a bill entitled an act supplementary to
an act organizing the respective counties of the republic.
Mr. Ellis remarked that he hoped there would be no objec-
tion to suspending the rule and suffering the bill to pass, as there
were some officers who were acting in some of the counties, par-
ticularly the county of Mina, without commissions, on account
of unforeseen and unaccountable accidents.
The rule being suspended,
The bill was read three several times, and
A message was received from the house of representatives
by Mr. Gray theirchief secretary, in forming the senate they had
passed a bill establishing the rate of interest, and also a joint
resolution, as a substitute for the resolution passed by the senate,
on Indian affairs.
The senate then went into secret session; and after some
time spentrtherein, the doois wcic opened.
The bill from the house establishing a rate of interest, was
Read a first time.
Tlrerjoint resolution in relation to Indian affairs, from the
house of representatives, was
Concurred in by the senate.
Aud the chair appointed,
' Messrs. Irion, Robertson awl Lester as a committee (in pur-
suance of the resolution) on the part of the senate.
,, )TThc bill authorizing the president 10 appoint a commission-
er to act in conjunction with a commissioner from the United
States in running a boundary line between the United States
;md this republic, was ,.
Placed on ifs second reading, and
On motion of Mr. Ellis,
The rule was suspended, and
The bill passed a third and last reading in the senate.
Mr. Everitt asked leave to call up the bill compensating the
former secretary of the house of representatives, for money paid
out for stationary for the two houses of ongrcss, which was
Suspended from further action of the senate until to-morrow.
The bill to incorporate an Episcopal Church at Matagorda,
, Was called up on its second reading.
Mr. Ellis thought one section of that bill, (from the slight ex-
amination 'he had made of it,) contrary to the 17th section of
the bill of rights of our constitution.
Mr. Horton did not wish (as he was the mover of that bill)
any thing to.be contained in the bill that would come in conflic-
seem the right w Inch was by that rule guaranteed to the prcsi
diner officer of the senate, and to that body itself, had been de
nied them, and that other individuals claimed the privilege and
control of their chamber he therefore thought it was due the
senate to enquire into it.
I ne motion was adopted, and
The chair appointed,
Messrs. Eveiitt, Bill and Augustine said committee.
On motion of Mr. Ellis the seual
row 10 .o'clock.
adjourned until to-mor-
Tuesday, May 16.
The senate met as usual and w as opened with prayer by
the rcerend Dr. W. W. Hall.
Mr. Augustine presented a petition from Setaslian Francis,
and John W. Bryan, formerly prisoners at Malamorosr
Referred to the committee on claims and accounts.
Mr. Irion presented a petition from James F. Perry con
cerning the estate ol the late JS. r . Austin, and asking longei
time to complete a map of Austin's colony,
Referred to the committc on public lands.
Mr. Horton introduced the following resolution:
Resolved, That the senate will not after this day receive a-
ny thing of a local or private nature,
The bill from the house of representatives ''establishing a
rate of interesl," was
Placed on its second reading.
Mr. Horton moved its indefinite postponement and remark
ed, that were he to consult his individual interest, he should vote
for that bill; but he had seen the bad effects of a bill similar to
thatin its nature in his own native state, and in the community
in which he lived: if one individual had another in his power
he could sec no good cause to ciush him, he thought the rate of
inteiest in that bill too exoibiiant and would therefore vote its
Mr. Everitt could see no good reason why there should not
be established some reasonable rate- of interest and compensa-
tion to an individual deprived of the use of his funds, he there-
fore hoped the gentleman fiom Matagorda would withdraw his
motion, as the adoption of the motion would destroy the entire
bill. . '
Mr. Horton had been laboring under the opinion that there
had been already at the last session of this congress a bill passed
fixing the rate of interest at S per cent but he had been in-
formed that such was not the fact, he therefore would withdraw
his motion in order.lhat the bill be modified; and
After several amendments to the bill, were offeied, and
Accepted by the senate,
The bill was again placed on its second reading.
Mr. Wilson was opposed and never could consent to give
his vote for that portion of the bill which required interest on o-
pen accounts, as he thought it was taking the advantage of the
poorer class of the community, as many' would have accounts at
different places not conscious when they became due, the inter-
est alone would be when collected a vast pressure on the labor-
ing class of the community.
Mr. Somervell thought the gentleman from Harrisburgh
was mistaken in his construction of the bill, and that it was not
the intention of that bill to claim interest on running accounts,
but as every merchant and trader had some particular lime at
which his accounts fell due, (generally the 1st of January or the
latter part of the year,) he could see no good reason why debts
that were due (even if they were in open accounts) should not
draw interest as well as any other species of assumpsit,
The clause requiring interest on open accounts when due
was not stricken out.
The bill then parsed a second reading, and
Ordered to be engrossed for a third reading.
" The bill for the relief of those who fought at the battle of
San Jacinto, and the taking of the Alamo, was
Called up by Mr. Everitt.
Mr. Somervell enquired if it was parliamentary to take up
a bill (which as that was) had been laid on the table until the
first day of June.
Mr. Eveiitt did not consider that the bill had been indefi-
nitely postponed, he therefore hoped the senate would take some
action on it.
The bill passed a first reading.
The senate then went into secret session, aud after some
time spent therein, the doors were opened.
And on motion of Mr. Robertson,
The senate adjourned until to morrow 10 o'clock.
Mr. Ellis offered a joint resolution winch was adopted au
thorizing the auditor to audit tiie claims of district judges quar-
Mr. Irion offered a resolution which was adopted; giving
to the committee on public printing certain instructions.
The i esolution from the house of representatives appointing
a joint committee to act in conjunction with a committee of the
house of Represenfativcs,-on the subject of-public lands, was
Concurred in by the senate; and
Messis. Hill, Horton, Everitt and Ellis was appointed a
committee on the patt of the senate.
Mr. Everitt submitted a joint resolution, which
Naming the 1st Monday in November asjthe day which the
two houses of congress should meet annually. t
The senate then adjourned until to-morrow 10 "o'clock.
Thursday, May 18.
The senate met, opened, by the chaptain with prayerand
j reading a portion of the scriptures. '
Mr. Robertson presented certain documents, which
Were i eferred tothe committee on public Lands.
A memorial was read fiom John W. Cochrane, in relation
to improvement on fire-arms, wiih certain other documents in
relation to his improvements', which were " -'
On motion of Mr. Everitt, ,
Referred to the compiittee on military affairs.
Mr. Irion moved tfmt the honorable chief justice Collins-
worth be invited to take a seat within the bar, of the house.,,3
Carried. ' t
Mr. Somervell presented a petition from sundry citizens of
the county of Brazoria, praying the establishing of an insurance
company, ' '"i
Which was not-received by the senate.
Mr. Hoi ton, from the committee on the judiciary returried-
the bill which was refered to them, for the relief of those who
lost property during the war, without amendment.
The bill passed a second reading in the senate.
Mr. Ellis moved that colonel Butler a highly distinguished
gentleman fiom the United States and former minister from the
Uniicd States to Mexico, be invited to take a seat within the bar
of the senate.
A message of the house of representatives informing the
senate by Mr. Gray their secretaay, they had passed a joint res-
olution for the relief of A. Huston. -.
Mr. Everitt from the special committee appointed to wait
on the president, reported that the committee had waited on him
and that he informed the committee he would make the appoint-
ment of revenue officers this day. "
The senate then ' '
On motion of Mr. Everitt went into secret session; and'af-
ter some time spent therein, the doors were opened.
The joint resolution for the relief of A. Huston was 'taken
up and read a first lime, and '
Placed on its second reading.
Mr. Horton said the senate would well recollect that sim-
ilar claims and accounts as those mentioned in the resolution
were presented to congress last session and the difficulty arising
therefrom. He did not intend to repudiate the accounts of col-
onel Huston, but the senate and house of representatives had been
gulled, j'cs cheated. One gentleman had deceived congress,
most grussly at its lat session.
Mr. Everitt wished to know who the gentleman was allu-
Mr fWfnn; i TTr TV-olfo
Mr. Everitt called the gentleman to order, stating that the
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Wednesday, May 17.
The business of the morning opened with reading a portion
of scripture and prayer by the chaplain.
Mr. Everitt presented the resignation of E.W. Glenn assis-
tant secretary of the senate, "which was
Mr. Irion moyed to call up an act to incorporate the Tex-
a rate of interest passed a final read-
conduct of Mr. Woe had nothing to do with the claims and ac-
1 counts of colonel Huston.
The chair thought Mr. Horton in order. ,,
Mr. Horton resumed, that as he had said before it was
more than probable that the claims-and accounts of colonel Hus-
ton were correct, yet he had mentioned the conduct of thfs man
Wolfe to show the great impropriety of permitting accounts to
pass unnoticed by congress; he for one would never again vote
for the allowing of any claim or account to any individual who-
ever he might be without its first being scrutinized and investiga-
ted; he moved the resolution be referred to the committee on
claims and accounts.
The senate then adjourned until 4 o'clock P. M
4 o'clock p. .m., ;t
The senate met pursuant to adjournment. s
Mr. Everitt moved that the senate elect an assistant'secre-
tarj, in place of Mr. Glen resigned; " c -jteC
Cai ried. Avv
Mr. Everitt nominated J. W.1 Cmger, , ''"
And there being no opposition Mr. Cruger was unanimous-. -
1)' elected. ' y
Mr. Hill called up the petition of Greenbury Logan, and
asked its reference to a select committee; and therefore
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