The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 1 Page: 302
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Laws and Decrees of Coahuila and Texas.
their collection. For the management of the treasurer and committee,
these officers themselves, and furthermore the individuals of the Ayuntamiento
that shall appoint them shall be held responsible with their property:
and that this responsibility may always be effectual the said appointments
shall be made viva voce, and notice thereof shall immediately be
given to the executive.
ART. 24. Foreigners, to be admitted as new settlers, shall furnish
adequate proof to the commissioner, and under his responsibility, of their
christianity and good moral character: these indispensible requisites shall
be made to appear in the manuscript mentioned in article 9, of the instructions
of the fourth of September 1827.
ART. 25. 'lhe executive shall take care that, within twenty border
leagues fronting upon the ITnited States line, and ten littoral leagues
upon the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, no settlements are made that
are not composed of two-thirds Mexicans, previously obtaining by request
the approval of the national executive, to whom he shall forward
all petitions made on the subject, accompanied by his report, whetherthe
empresarios are Mexicans or foreigners.
ART. 26. In the distribution of lands native Mexicans shall be preferred
to foreigners, and no other distinction shall be made between the
former than such as is founded in their special merit and services rendered
the country, or in equal circumstances, a residence in the place
where the lands are situated.
ART. 27. The Indians of all nations bordering on the state, as well as
the wandering tribes within the same, shall be admitted in market exempt
from all duties in their traffic in the effects of the. country; and
should any of the same being attracted in this manner, and by the mildness
and confidence with which they shall otherwise be treated, wish to
establish themselves in any of the settlements, after declaring themselves.
in favor of our institutions and religion, they shall be admitted. and
share the same quantity of land as the other settlers mentioned in this
law, native Indians to be distinguished as Mexicans, and border Indians
as foreigners, and the former shall not be required to furnish any
ART. 28. That no vacancies be left between the tracts, which shall be,
carefully avoided in the distribution of lands, they shall be distributed
in squares or other forms, although irregular should the locality so require,
and to prevent litigation and dispute, in making the distribution
aforesaid, as well as in the designation of sites, whereon new towns are
to be fourided, the adjoing proprietors, should there be any, shall be
ART. 29. The survey of vacant lands that shall be made upon theborders
of any river, running rivulet or creek, or lake, shall not
exceed one fourth of the depth of the land granted, should the land
ART. 30. Should any appropriated land be taken possession of
through error in the concession, on proof thereof an equal quantity of
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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/m1/310/: accessed October 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .