The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 2 Page: 879

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Whereas, by an act of Congress of the Republic of Texas, approved
February 5th, 1S40, the eighth section, it is provided, that
all free persons of color shall remove out of this Republic, within
two years from the passage of said act, under certain penalties:
And whereas, it has been represented to me, that there are a number
of honest and industrious persons of that description, who have
been citizens of this country for a number of years, and have always
heretofore conducted themselves so as to obtain the confidence
and good opinion of all acquainted with them, and are now anxious
to be permitted to remain in the Republic for the next two
years, from and after the fifth day of February next:
Therefore, be it known, that I, SAM. HOUSTON, President of
the Republic of Texas, in virtue of the power and authority vested
in me by the constitution and the law, do, in the name and by the
authority of said Republic, issue this, my proclamation, remitting
the penalty of the law that might otherwise attach against them
for remaining in the Republic; to be in effect and operative for the
term of two years from the fifth day of February next: Provided,
those who wish to obtain the benefit of this proclamation, apply
to the Chief Justice of the county in which they reside, and make
satisfactory proof of their good character, and also enter into bond
and security, in the penal sum of five hundred dollars, payable to
the President and his successors in office, for their good behavior
during the term specified in this proclamation.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto signed my name, and caused
the great seal of the Republic to be affixed.
Done at the town of Washington, the. twenty-first
day of December, in the year of our Lord one
[L. S.] thousand eight hundred and forty two, and of the
Independence of Texas the seventh.
By the President:
Secretary of State.

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