The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 1 Page: 141
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Laws and Decrees of Coahuila and Texas.
they be under the necessity of leaving the State, they shall solicit permission
ART. 44. The Vice Governor, and other members of the Council, shall
present themselves in the hall of sessions of Congress on a day appointed,
and take oath to obey the Constitution, the constitutive act,
and the laws and decrees of the Republic, and those of the State, and
faithfully to discharge the duties of their office.
ART. 45. The Council, in attending on public ceremonies, shall rank
next to the Governor.
SECRETARY OF STATE.
ART. 46. The Governor shall have a Secretary, to be styled Secretary
of State, who shall have charge of all kinds of business whatever,
pertaining to the Executive department of the State.
ART. 47. To fill the said office it shall be required, to be a citizen in
the exercise of his rights, over twenty-five years of age, a native of the
Republic, domiciliated in the State with three years residence therein
previous to his appointment.
ART. 48. The style of address of the Secretary in official communications,
shall be that of Lordship, and he shall be considered the head
of his office; wherein he shall appoint and remove the Clerks at his
pleasure: whose number and salaries shall be changed as the labors and
their qualifications, in the opinion of the Secretary, with approval of the
Governor, shall recuire.
ART. 49. All orders and decrees, regulations and instructions, circulated
to the towns, or directed to a particular individual or corporation,
shall be previously signed by the Secretary, and without this requisite
they shall not be obeyed.
ART. 50. The Secretary of State shall be responsible to Congress, with
his person and office, for all orders and measures of the Governor, which
he shall authenticate with his signature, containing any disposition contrarv
to the Constitution, constitutive act, and general laws of the Republic,
or the laws of the State, or the orders of his Excellency the President
of the Republic, not manifestly opposed to the said Constitution
and laws, without availing himself, as a plea or excuse, of his having done
so by order of the Governor.
ART. 51. The Secretary shall sign every copy emanating from the
office under his charge, and shall present to the Governor, monthly, a circumstantial
notice of the number of subjects dispatched in the said
office, to be printed and circulated.
ART. 52. The Secretary shall attend the sessions of Congress when
called upon to give information upon any subject of the Executive department,
and when ordered by the Governor, to give any information.
In the latter case he can also attend the Council.
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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/m1/149/: accessed June 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .