The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 2 Page: 20
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Laws of the Republic of Texas.
office of the district court, in the county in which such trial may
be had, and it shall be the duty of said judge to decree said land
to be the property of the Republic of Texas, and said judge shall
also decree the price of said land so reported to be paid to the
owner or owners of said land by the Republic of Texas; and a
certified copy of said decree of the judge shall be sufficient to authorise
the party interested to demand and receive the said sum
of money from the treasury of the Republic of Texas, unless the
party owner of the land so adjudicated should prefer receiving a
like quantity of land in exchange; in which case he may make his
election to do so, and thereupon shall be entitled to a certificate
for an equal quantity of land, to be located on any of the vacant
lands in the Republic: Provided, however, that if the owner of
the land be an absentee, thirty days notice of the day of appointment
shall be given by said judge in the nswspapers printed in his
district, or if none are so printed, then in the nearest newspaper,
requiring the owner or owners of said land to appear at the place
of appointment, if they see proper; but if the owner be a citizen
resident in Texas, then a notice of the proceeding about to be had,
as well as the time and place of meeting of the appraisers, shall be
served on him personally, or left at his usual place of residence,
at least twenty days before the time of meeting: And provided,
also., That the district judge shall in all cases cause the appraisement
to be made in that county where the land is situated.
Sec. 24. Be it further enacted, That the President shall have
power to make cavalry of as many of the eight hundred and forty
men herein authorised to be raised, as in his opinion the public
exigencies may demand, and to distribute them among the different
stations, in such manner as he thinks best for the protection
of the frontier.
Sec. 25. Be it further enacted, That the foregoing act shall
commence and go into operation, from and after the twentieth
day of December, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-eight,
and not before.
JOHN M. HANSFORD,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.
DAVID G. BURNET,
President of the Senate.
Approved, December 21, 1838.
MIRABEAU B. LAMAR.
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Gammel, Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen. The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 2, book, 1898; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6726/m1/24/: accessed May 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .