The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 2 Page: 60
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Laws of the Republic of Texas.
examination and auditing of all claims against the Government,
which the first or second auditor may not be authorized by the
present laws to audit; that they shall have the powers of a court of
equity, and it shall be their duty to examine into all claims of
whatever amount, founded in equity and justice, in relation to the
redemption of which the present laws have made no provision;.
Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of said
tribunal to meet every Saturday, or oftener at their discretion, in
the first auditor's office, for the purpose of adjudicating on such
claims as may be presented to them, that the regular duties of
their respective offices shall be suspended on said day, and it shall
be the duty of the secretary of the treasury to attend the sessions
of said tribunal, to represent the interests of the Republic.
Sec. 3. Be it further enacted, That no claims of any character
shall be presented to Congress or the President until they have
been first presented to said board or tribunal, and that it shall be
the duty of the petitioner taking the appeal, to furnish the committee
to whom such rejected claim may be referred, to file with
his petition the opinion of the secretary of the treasury, containing
the reasons which induced the board to reject said claim, which
reasons he shall furnish to said petitioner.
Sec. 4. Be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the
said board to state in their decision whether the claimant is entitled
to the promissory notes of the Government or not; which
said decision shall be returned and filed in the office of the proper
auditor, and constitute a part of the records of his office, whose
duty it shall be to issue to the claimant, the proper certificate or
draft for the same.
Sec. 5. Be it further enacted, That said board shall hold their
sessions between the hours of ten o'clock a. m. and one o'clock
p. m. and between the hours of 3 o'clock and 5 p. m.
Sec. 6. Be it further enacted, That all laws and parts of laws
contrary to the meaning of this act be, and the same are hereby
repealed, from and after the passage of this act.
JOHN M. HANSFORD,
Speaker of the H-ouse of Representatives.
DAVID G. BURNET,
President of the Senate.
Approved, January 21, 1839.
MIRABEAU B. LAIAR.
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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/m1/64/: accessed September 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .