The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 1 Page: 492
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Proceedings of the Convention of Texas.
For these reasons, and many others, which the General Congress will
readily conceive, and in view of the decree of the 7th of May, 1824, allowing
the people of Texas, so soon as their situation would permit to appear
as a distinct state, to report to Congress for their resolution-also,
in connection with the 11th section of the Federal Constitution, guarantying
them a representative in Congress, whatever may be their population;
and considering duly, the benefits that would result, both to Texas
and to the nation, we entertain no doubts of the favorable reception of
this petition.-The people of Texas, present the strongest assurances of
their patriotic attachment to the Constitution, and to the Republicpledging
all and every interest in life, for the support of their declaration.
Therefore, they most respectfully petition, that that part of the Mexican
Republic, known by the name of Texas, shall become a separate state
o' the Confederacy, to be placed upon an equal footing with any of the
States of the Union.
(Signed) . W. McFARLAND, Chairman.
John Austin, chairman of the committee relative to the CustomIouse
Department, made their report.
MIr. -lensley moved the following amendment to said report; to add,
after the words "general Tariff,"-taling from such officers bonds, with
good and sufficient security, to pay over the money collected according to
law. The emendment was received.
The report, as amended, was adopted, and read as follows:
Re por? of /th Cominz/ittee onz the stubject of/tle Customz-lHouse.
The Committee is of opinion, that this Convention should not interfere
with the Tariff regulated by the General Government; but recommend
that officers be appointed at the several Ports-viz.-Matagorda,
Brazoria, and Galvezton Bay, by the Alcalde of the respective Jurisdiction,
to collect tonnage duty on foreign vessels, in accordance with the regulation
of the general Tariff, taking such officer's bond, with good and sufficient
security, to pay over the money according to law; and requiring
them to make a report quarterly to the Alcalde of the Jurisdiction in
which they reside. And that the method of ascertaining the tonnage of
vessels which may enter the ports of Texas, shall be by showing the
Registers of said vessels, to the officer directed to receive the dues.
(Signed) JOHN AUSTIN, Chairman.
On motion of Mr. Harison, leave of absence was granted to Mr. Miercer,
on account of extreme indisposition.
Mr. Lesassier, chairman of the committee to petition the State Government
for a donation of land, as a School Fund, presented their report.
Mr. Bruff moved that the blank in said report be filled with twentyfive
]eagues.-Mr. Groce moved that it be filled with one hundred leagues;
and IMr. Ingram that it be filled with one hundred and fifty.
\Ir. Wl;arton moved that this report be laid on the table indefinitely;
which was negatived-the yeas and navs were as follows:
YEAS,--Geo. B. McKinstry, William -I. Wharton, John Austin,
Charles D. Sayre, Ira Ingram, A. B. Dobson, George F. Richardson, Jared
E. Groce, W. R. Hensley, James Kerr, J. K. Looney, Hyman Hartz,
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