Texas State Gazette. (Austin, Tex.), Vol. 2, No. 2, Ed. 1, Saturday, August 31, 1850 Page: 3 of 8
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levied in the titlo of this net shnll be assessed by the several as-
sessors and collectors in the State by adding por cent to
the several assessments made for the veur eighteen hundred and
Sec. 2. Bo tl further enacted That the said special tax shall
be levied and collected in the same manner and under the same
rules and regulations as is prescribed for the assessment rnd col-
lection of the tax by the act to provide for iho assessment and col-
lection of taxes approved Feb. llth 1850.
Sec. 3. Be it further enacted That this act take effect from
and after its passage. '
Rule suspended bill read second time.
On motion of Mr. Campbell made the special order for to
A bill to require the Comptroller of Public Accounts to pass to
the ciedit of the school fund one-tenth of all amounts heretofore
collected on account of revenue from direct taxation and to pay
the same into the Treasury ol the State subject to be drawn on
account of any appropriation made for suppressing the insurrec
tton existing in the counties of Worth and Santa Fe.
Suction 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of
Texas That the Comptroller oi Public Accounts be and he is
hereby reqtiirtd to pass to the credit of the free common school
fund one tenth ol all amounts heretofore received on account of
revenue from direct taxation and paj the same into the Treasury
of the Stuto which shall remaiu'us a charge against the State.
Sec. 2. Be it further enacted. That the sum so paid into iho
Treasury shall be subject to be drawn therefrom on account of
nny appropriation made for suppressing the insurrection exist-
ing in the counties of Worth and Santa" Fe.
Sec 3. Be it further enacted Thut when the Legislature
shall have established schools in the several districts of this
State said amount thus appropriated and diawn. shall be return-
ed to the school fund with interest thereon at six per cent per
annum from thedato said money was drawn fiom theTieusury
and the faith of the Stalo is hereby pledged lor the return of said
money and interest.
Sec. 4. Be it further enacted That this act shall take effect
and be in foice from and after its passage.
Rule suspended bill read second time.
On motion of Mr. Gage laid on the table until to-morrow.
A bill making appropriations for the purpose of carrying into
effect a more perfect civil organization of the county of SauFu Fe
atid for suppressing rebellion.
Section I. Be it enuctcd by the Legislature of the State of
Texai That the sum of dollars now in the Treas
ury also the proceeds arising from the sale ol lots in the city ot
Austink und the reserved lands on the town tract erected to be
sold by nn act entitled
approved 1850 ; also the amount of
directed to be raised by an act entitled an net to
levy and collect a direct tax for special purposes be and the same
is hereby appropriated and placed at the disposition of the Gov-
ernor for the object and to be applied to the purpose of carrying
into effect laws providing for calling out the militia or volunteers
to suppress rebellion against the Stale and carrying into effect a
more perfect civil organization of the county ol Santa Fe.
Sec. 2. Be it enacted That the Governor of the State be and
ho is hereby authorized to anticipate the receipt of the funds at
the Troiisurv by making contracts for the purchase of supplies
and furnishing transportation payable out of the proceeds'arising
out of the sale of the lots and lands authorized by the Legisla-
ture and out of the s poial direct tox.
Skc. 3. Be it further enacted Thot should events occur
which in the opinion of his Excellency the Governor render the
collection ol the said direct tax for special purposes or any part
thereof unnecessary he is hereby authorized to issue his procla-
mation suspending the collection thereof or1 so much thereof as
in his judgment he may deem proper.
Sec. 4. Be itfurther enacted That this act take effect from
and after its passage.
Rulo suspended bill read second time.
On motion of Mr. Van Derjip laid onthe table until to-morrow.
A hill to alter and amend the first section of an act approved
March 2Uth 1848 entitled an act concerning crimes and punishments.
Section I. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State on
Texas That the lust section ot the above recited act be so
altered and amended as to rend as follows; If any person or per-
sons owing allegiance to the Stute ol Texas shall levy war or
aid and assist in levying war against said State or shall produce.
or uiu auu assist in urouiiciugaiiy rui.uuiuu ui iiisiiieciiuii wnii-
in the limits of said Slate or shall incite others to n)ako war
against (he State or topioduce n rebellion or insurrection there-
in such person or persons shall bo deemed guilty ol treason and
on conviction thereof shall suffer death or such other muiish-
mentasthe jury trying iho olfender or offeudeis may impose
not less than imprisonment in Hie penitentiary at Hard labor lor
the term of five years or more.
Sec. 2. Be it further enacted That upon tho trial of any
person for tieason it shall be necessary to a conviction that tre
facts charged in the indictment as constituting the offence be
proved by at least two witnesses to each overt act or by the con-
fession of the accused in open court or at any other time when
not under the influetico ol coercion intimidation threats or the
piornise of pardon and when the said confession is made else-
where than in open court it must be proved by at least two wit-
nesses. Sec 3. Be it further enacted That if any person or persona
shall resist by tho employment of foice and the aid of'Others any
officer of the State ol Texas in the discharge of his official du
lies when duly notified of tho same Mich person or persons shall
bo deemed guilty of a high misdemeanor and upon conviction
thereof shall suffer suqh punishment not less than a fino of
dollars nor greater than imprisonment in. the penitentiary
&r years aa the jury trying tho offender or offenders may
Sec 4. Re it further enacted That the trial o all persons
qharged with treason shall bo had at tho scat of government or
in some county of tho State other than thai in wlm.h the offence
is alleged to have been committed : And. if any person charged
with the crimo of treason is or may bo committed for trial in any
eounty in which from the tono of public opinion n. fair nnd im-
partial trial qnnuot bo-qxpected it shall be the duty of the Dis-
trict Judge presiding iiv such county upon the application of
the District Attorney supported by affidavit or such other in-
formation as may bo satisfactory to him to order the accused to
lie taken to the sent of government! or somoothpc county n the'
fltnte free from objection for trial
Sec. 6. Be it further enacte'd. That the Governor be and he
ishereby authorized to appoint a Marshal for the Stale .who
shull hold his office for tho term of years ; and who before
commencing his official "duties shall take the' usual oath of nf-
licq and give bond with two or more securities! ft) be appioved
by the Governor in the sum of dollars for the faithful
discharge of the duties required of him by this act wlfich bond
shall be made payable to the Governor and his successors in
office and be filed in tho office oftho Secretary of State.
Sec. G. Be it further enacted That said Marshal have
the power- to appoint as many deputies as he may deem necessary
and shall by himself or deputies arrest upon the warrant of.ahy
judicial officer of the Stale any person charged with tho crimo
of treason and to convey such person to the jail of the county in
which is the seat of government or such other county ns may be
designated in said warrant there to be confined for trial until
discharged by due course of law.
Sec. 7. Be itfurther enacted Thot said Marshal have the
power to summon all such ussistonce and guaids as may be
necessary to enable him to execute such warrants as maybe
placed in his hands and for tho safe conduct and security of
prisoners uudei his charge ; which guard and assistants while
on actual duty shall be entitled to dollars per day eacli-jfpr
their services. $
Rule suspended-bill read second time.
On motion of Mr. Gage referred to the Judiciaryfcommittce.
Mr. Robertson introduced a bill making propositions to the
Whekeas it is the opinion of the Legislature of the State of
Texas that the people ol said Slate in older toprovide for
the payment of their public debt und to promote thepeoce and
harmony of the Union would assent for a fair equivalent to
a sale to the United States of a portion of their tenitory to bo
laia ott and detaclied from saiu Stute by siutablemetesaud
Whereas it is the opinion of the Legislature aforesaid that any
boundary South of 34cof north latitude would be irregular
inconvenient and seriously prejudicial to the best interest of
the State ; and
Whereas it is the opinion of the Legislature aforesaid that it is
right and proper to indicate in a definitive andsolemu manner
to the Government of the United States tho said opinion and
to proposo what it is believed wouid secure the assent of the
people ol Texas ni the premi.es: Therefore
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the Slate of Texas Thau
me louowing pioposuions snail be una me same are hereby ot-
tered to the Congiess of the United States which when agreed
to by the said Congress of the United States shall be binding
ana onugaiory upon me united states ana tne State ol Texas ;
provided the said propositions be accepted by the United States
Congress on or before the first day of December 1850.
1st. The State of Texas will agree that her boundary on the
north shall commence at a point at which the meridian ol 10U
west from Greenwich is intersected by the paralled of 36 deg.
30 min. north latitude and shall run from said point clue west
to the meredian of 103 c west fiom Greenwich thence her
boundary shall run due south to tho 34cof north latitude
thence on the said parallel of 34 north latitude to (he Rio
"Bravo del Norte and thence with the channel of said river to
the Gulf ot Mexico.
2d. The State of Texas cedes to the United States all her
territory exterior to the territory and boundaries which she is to
establish by the first article of this agreement.
3d. The State of Texas relinquishes all claim upon the
United States lor liability of the debts of Texas and forcompen
satiou of iudemnity for the surrender to the United States of her
ships forts arsenals custom-houses custom-house revenuearms
and munitions of war and public buildings with their cites
which became the property of tho United States at the time of
4th. The United States in consideration of said establishment
of boundaries cession of territory and relinquishment of claim
will pay to the Slate of Texas the sum of ten millions of dollars
in a stoeic bearing nve per cent.iuterest per annum and redeema-
ble at the end of fourteen years the interest payable half-yearly
at the Treasury of the State of Texas.
5th. That if the propositions in this act contained shall meet
thjj acceptance and ratification of the Congress aud Government
of the United States by the passage ot an act in accordance
therewith then and in thut case the Governor of this State shall
upon due notification by the President ot tho United Slutes of
the passage ot such an act issue his proclamation of the iact
and sijbmit therewith to'the people of the State to be voted upon
by them at the several piecincts the proposition contained in
this act and in tho act of the United States giving forty days
notice of the election the returns o which 'vote shall be mudo
to the Secretary of State in accordance with the laws regulating
general elections in this Stale at the end of thirty days ; oud
upon the opening and counting said returns the r suit shall be
proclaimed by the Governor and if found to be in favor of the
propositions tho same shall beceitificd by him to the Piesidentof
the United States and immediately thereafter the Governor shall
appoint some suitable person as the agent oftho State to receive
from the Government of the United States the stopk bonds pro-
vided tor in tho first section of this act requiting of said agent
ample security for the faithful performonce of his trust.
Gth. That the State of Texas hereby ussents and requires that
releases to tbe United States qf all claims again&t tho State for
the payment of which tho customs revenues were specially
pledged shall be made and registered at the Treasury of the
United States before the same or any part thereof 6hall be paid
by the State.
Sec 2. That the Governor of this Stale shall immediately
after iti passage transmit copies of this act duly authenticated
under the great seat of the State to our Senators aud Representa-
tives in Congress to be by them laid before their respective bodies
for their acceptance or rejection and that this act bo in force
Irom and after its passage.
Read first time ; rule suspended bill rend second lime
Mr Wallace made thq following motion :
Does the bill conflict with tho resolution adoptedby tho Sen-
ate ? Lost
Mr. Phillips moved taread ihqbill by sections. Lost
On motion of Mr. Gage tho bill was referred. to the committee
on the Judiciary.
Mr. Campbell introduced a bill to attach the counties of Den
ton and Collin to the ninth judicial district and to definothe
tjmo of holding courts in the sumo Read first time " ..
On motion of Mr. Tan Derlip the .Senate adjourned unfit 9j
I o'clock to-morrow morning.
Letter frriw WasklagteitV
W-t-!INtTi.M C.frr A nr. 1 TC
To the Editor of the State Gasittet . ' ?"""" "
Sir You will hnvt hear.! bclore this reaches vou. ill l... nf ifc
compromise bill. Ii was defeated by tho vote of Air Pturce of MaiylMwl
whom everv person believed was one of Its strongest supporters nntilrnfler 4tJ
vole was taken which proved him to-be otherwise Already in my opinion tie
regrets the course he ha pursued and if it was possible hd woo W take ltK
back and vote irr.m.dlaiclv opposite. He is puMtically datntd and dead attafttc.
and abroad and unless he can introduce some new bil) lo quiet the cetatry
which it is not reasonable to suppose he will be able to do he never will be s-
urrected Irom his pre. cut tomb.
The Senate adjourned over from yesterday until Mofcdny morning foflho
purpose ot giving time to the excitement thai has so long filled that body to b
Mr. Clay leaves to-dav for the springs. How long he will stay away depeMa
on the appearance ol aiKtirs fcre.emcu Irom day today In the Senate. He Is vfcfy
much reduced in health. He is nenrly worn out. He ts not much longer ftr
this earth. His great anxiety and exertions for lhccompr6mis6 hill have im-
paired his constitution very much; and now lhal it Is defeated so soon aslfce
pres-ent excitement passes off which ats as a stimulant to his system he will feel
the Injuiioiis clTecta ol it.
The Calilomia bill is now before the Senate to be acted on. It. fate is yttf
uncertain. Some wish to attach Texas to it again; but our Senators wilt net 4ft.
my opinion if they can prevent it permit Texas lo be made a hobby to carry
anything through Congress. Texas clairris to tho Rio Grande and ftora $v
mouth to its source and our Senators and Uepresuntntivcs have proved (iiaeafei
again that her title to it is unquestionable; and tl the United States Wants tiny 'of
that country she must make a proposition lo Texas? due thiu will not be degra-
ding to the State to purchase it from her. Such n proposition will have dm.
position from our Senators and Representative!. But only in that manucf. M.
one other by the sword can the United Stales ever gel one foot ofSanla Woa
any portion of our h.ate.
Mr. Rusk dining the whole debate on the late grand question has conducted
himself in the most powerful manner. He has not only done credit lo hihfttftf.
but he has- done much honor to ihe State; and when he people eorad to ks
more clearly his actions there is riot a Texian in the whole ienglh and breadth
of the coumry thai will not (eel himself indeb'ed to hitn for hN vneeasvig exer-
tion to maintain their rights and interests; nnd proud of himhsthuirSJenatoV for
his manly bold and dignified course in that c.ipacity. I agree with the oi.lnit
of a distinguished Senator who the other day (after Mr. PiMrce had said In his
speecli that it would be treason far Texas to take any step in opposition lo Uc
Gener.il Governmen ; dnd Mr. Rusk replied that if it WdS treason for a Stat
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wiuiuj un uwu niiu ii necessary 10 qeiena uer own oy me sworu then he wi-
ed the gentleman and the Senate to understand that he should take upon hims&
an equal share of that treason with any other citizen of the State;) that Tcxsfr
should vote to Mr. Rusk eleven leagues of land for he had richly earned it.'
I do not think there will be any action on the frontier bill for some time at-
though our delegation are doing ail they can for it.
f Santa Fc Meeting in Burleson County.
At a rm-eling of the citizens of Buileson county held at Caldwell July 2JtL
1850 for the purpose of considering our claims to S..nta Fe and the extraordin-
ary conduct of the chief Executive of ihe General Government Gen. T. B
wooiiindgc wus'tialle to the chair and H. C. Bayle appointed Secretary. Thtt
thair explained Jhe object of the meeting. Whereupon Dr. H J. MUusSoa. rose-'
aud remarked thai he hud heard a rumour to the efiVct that the question had becft.
sealed by Cong e.s j and moved an adjournment in order to procure iilfbrtaalio
thereon. The meeting was accordingly adjourned un il Monday August 6 XSStC
Monday August 5ih 1850;
Mel pursuant to adiournment. Gen.T. D.Wonldriilpr. .n iIip rhir ni r r
Thomas Secretary pio lem. ' '
. up motion a committee of five consisting of Messrs. H. J. MunSon. M. Mc
Clanaban Israel Standifer Moses Oldham and Wm. 3. Hill wt're appointed (a
draft a preamble and resolutions 6n the subject of our claim to sianta Fe.
The cqmiUittee after retiring lora short time icturned and reported thcfollow.
ing preamble and resolutions which wero adopted by a unanimous Vote of the '
Wheieas from the report of Maj It. S. Neighbors appointed a Commissioner t
organize the county of &anta Fe we are inform. d that the people of ihat nor'
lion of our Siate have been seduced Irom iheir loyalty to the Stale of Texas-
and through ihe advice and example of a few military oflicers appoiiited'ani
countenanced by the Executive Department of ihe General Government have
relused lo organize their cowls under the laws of this State; and whereas ono
John Munroe a Colonel in ihe regular standing army of the United States '
now styling himself Civil and Military Govcrnorof the Territory of New
Mexico has issued a proclamation callir.g n convention to form a Slate const!-
tufion including in that call our county of Sgnta Fe; therefore
Resolved That the boundaries which werp established by the Jaw of Deccmbe?
19th 183C to wit: beginning at the mouth ol the SabiCie river and running west
.ilong the Gulf of Mexico three leagues from land to the mouth of life Rjn
Grande; thence up the principal stream of said river to its source.: thence due
north to latitude i deg. ; thence along the boundary llnp as define4 la.the. treats
bflsVef Tehe U"'U'd S'nlCS Knd Sni'n l bC beSinnfn8' "rc Jh( tfqfWW bounda-
Iletohei That from the recognition of the independencean4' sovereignly af
Texas not only by the United States but also by the various European govern-
ments and also the guaranties o Texas in the compact of annexation to the D
States ; and also by the many act- and deeds performed by our army under ever
privation whilst engaged in ihe contest foi liberty against the Repoblic of Mex-
ico our title to Ihe above boundary is and ought lo be indisputable.
Resolved That in the articlesof annexation wherein Texas yielded lo the Ge-
neuil Government the onlyt constitutional treaty mnking power-the right'of
settling ll questions of boundary with fureign nations she gave lo Ihe Unitei
Statp ?o authority expressed or implied to appropriate o her own uss'any part '
of he territory ol Texas. .either as a fe for executing s-aid treaty or otherwise.
Tj.t J IT ni v- Mnrl itl.n -. I !.. Cfa- . .. . t 1 ... . .
w"p "" tjuuu tuiicua ot una oiuie we are oouna io resist inese en-
croachments .upon our rights by moral suasion if we canlbtu by force of arras if
we must. -
Resolved That ihe military usurpation in the county of Santa Fe is a gres
violation of the rishis of a free and sovereign State and is without a parallel in
Die iiimui)' til me union
ot oiumoia.or many ataie or xerruorv now lonned. or herea. m h rj
Retolved That we applfove the course of his Excellency Gov.P. Hunbrut--
Dell in makinc a call lur an extra session of the Lecisluiti.t.. nnrl r) ' -.II
willing to sustain that body in all appropriations thty may deem it nects.sary.io
make for the raiding equipment and payment of such a body of troops as -will
without doubt or delay cause the county of Santa F6 to be organized under tho
laws of Ihe State ol Texas. "
Resolved That the proceedings of (his meeting be slsnfd by the Chairman ant
Secretary ; and that a copy be.Jorwarded to Ihe State G(izetltxa Texas Hunger
aud Ihe Telegraph and Register for publication.
T. D WOOLDRIDGE Chairman...
H. C. Baim; Secretary.
. ' Governor Bell.
The calm and determined riliitudo yonr Chidf Mneistrate has
taken in the pendency of this matter has won him higiropinioiis
everywhere. His letters' to yonr Representatives evinced onlysa
much of earnestness as to impress ex'ery reader thut he was sin-
cere and that public sentiment had not to be formed but was al-
ready attired in embodying ypnr well-considered purpose to have
your rights " peaceably if yon could1 buj forcibly if you mus
Something of hot indignution of a liery violence of manner wa
looked for as soon as it wasknown that he sent lorward three
epistles. His agej hi3 previous-vocation his birthplace and eajjjr
associates all fifvored the presumption that he would be ovafc-zeal-ous
in his assertion of your rights. But hei.as happily disap.
pojpled everybody and in tho can firmness and deliberate confi-
dence of the justice of your position he has displayed character-
istics which if properly trained must make him eminently use-
ful and successful in public life. This is a question which ad-
mits of no passionate excitement. Il involves a point ofhonoras
well as of right and to be properly met requires honest convic-
tions aud a fearless heart. N. O. Corrsp Matagorda Tribune
'We know of no question likely to arise in whiph greater south-
ern unanimity hnay be safely promised than this demand of Tex-
as; and because the South feels strongly and earnestly with her
it is tho mere imperative that Iter counsels should be swayed by-
wisdom cauttort and generous forbeuiance. Tne prffrition Qf
Texas is different from that of every other State on itspdmission.
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into tne union: tne integrum ot nor territory wasspcurcam.iierj
ation and.ajjyVjattempt to qejirtve her w ililmr?.
Resolved 1 hat the Congress of ihe United States .have no constitutional rleht
legislate upon o&fo interfere in uny way in relation to. slaverv in ht n.M...
bv treaty simulation
ly ough.Uo.be and will bejwe orejwire resisted by.oyerjrsfeouthfi
ern State in the confederacy. New Orleans Ttue Bella.
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