The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 1 Page: 1,069
REPUBLIC OF TEXAS.
We, the people of Texas, in order to form a government, establish
justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common
defence and general welfare; and to secure the blessings of liberty
to ourselves, and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution.
SECTION 1. The powers of this government shall be divided into
three departments, viz: legislative, executive and judicial, which
shall remain forever separate and distinct.
SEC. 2. The legislative power shall be vested in a senate and
house of representatives, to be styled the congress of the republic of
SEC. 3. The members of the house of represntatives shall be
chosen annually, on the first Monday of September each year, until
congress shall otherwise provide by law, and shall hold their offices
one year from the date of their election.
SEC. 4. No person shall be eligible to a seat in the house of representatives
until he shall have attained the age of twenty-five years,
shall be a citizen of the republic, and shall have resided in the county
or district six months next preceding his election.
SEC. 5. The house of representatives shall not consist of less
than twenty-four. nor more than forty members, until the population
shall amount to one hundred thousand souls, after which time
the whole number of representatives shall not be less than forty,
nor more than one hundred: Provided, however, that each county
shall be entitled to at least one representative.
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Gammel, Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen. The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 1, book, 1898; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5872/m1/1077/: accessed July 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .