Message of Gov. O. M. Roberts on appropriations and expenditures under the control of the governor to the seventeenth legislature of the state of of Texas, convened at the city of Austin, in regular session, January 11, 1881. Page: 7 of 23
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Appropriations under Control of the Governor. 7
that place, and from his knowledge of the transactions involved in the
suit, could give most important aid in the case. He has been paid for
said services, as shown in "Exhibit B," $200.
In each and every one of these employments of counsel, I have first
satisfied myself of the urgent necessity of making them for the benefit of
-the State, and the compensation given has invariably been lower than
counsel are employed for by private individuals in suits of equal magnitude,
and as low, in fact, as I could conscientiously ask the services to be
The employments have been made only when the cases were such as
the attorney general or the local attorney for the State could not give
them such attention as their importance demanded. Some of these cases
are out of the range of ordinary practice, and local county and district
attorneys have not time, in the press of business, to attend to them properly,
and the attorney general can not leave his office to do it.
I would most respectfully suggest to the Legislature, that there is one
-difficulty in representing the State in these important cases that it is
greatly to the interest of the State to obviate in the future: that is, the
difficulty of procuring the attendance of witnesses often from a distance at
considerable expense, and therefore I would recommend that a contingent
fund be provided for that purpose, and for taking depositions, and for the
employment of persons to seek out testimony, when necessary to incur
expense in doing so, as it often will be in suits for the State, as well as in
suits for individuals.
The aggregate amount expended during the last two years for additional
counsel for the State, as shown in "Exhibit B," is the sum of $6326 70.
In addition to this, there have been fees given to the county attorney
of Travis county, and attorneys of other counties, in suits brought for the
State, amounting to about $6000. These were suits brought against
delinquent tax collectors by direction of the attorney general, turned over
to him by the comptroller.
In anticipation of such a state of things, I recommended to the last
Legislature the appointment of another attorney for the State, who might
attend to such suits, and act also as a fiscal agent of the State, to be sent
to any part of it for the enforcement of the revenue laws. Its propriety
and utility is again submitted to the wisdom of the Legislature.
Amounts paid Attorneys for the Prosecution and Defense of Cases for
1879. the State.
May 16-Amount paid on requisition to Sam. A. Wilson for
services as an attorney -
. $100 00
July 31-Amount paid Messrs. Sheeks
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Roberts, Oran M. Message of Gov. O. M. Roberts on appropriations and expenditures under the control of the governor to the seventeenth legislature of the state of of Texas, convened at the city of Austin, in regular session, January 11, 1881., book, January 11, 1881; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5832/m1/7/: accessed June 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .