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aforesaid shall be transferred to that synod whose bounds shall embrace the college; Provided, that such synod shall be in regular connection with what is now known as the old school General Assembly.

Sec. 6. Be it further enacted, That a site, not exceeding ten acres of land, and the college buildings and library, are hereby declared exempt from taxation, while the property of the college.

Sec. 7. Be it further enacted, That no religious test shall be required of any President, Professor, or Tutor in said college; nor shall any student or officer be censured, suspended or expelled on account of his opinions, political or religious; Provided, however; that nothing herein contained shall prevent the Trustees of said college from throwing around the instructors and students a proper moral restraint, and inflicting suitable punishment upon all immoral conduct.

Sec. 8. Be it further enacted, That the President of the college shall [be] ex-officio President of the Board of Trustees, and shall be allowed such salary as a majority of the Board of Trustees, exclusive of himself, may direct; and no other member of the Board of Trustees shall hold any office in said college.

Sec. 9. Be it further enacted, That said college shall have power to established Professorships, and also, Scholarships and Fellowships in said institution; Provided, that the beneficiaries be subject to the same rules and by-laws as other students.

Sec. 10. Be it further enacted, That the seal of the corporation, with the attestation of the President or, in his absence, of the usual majority of the Trustees, shall be sufficient to authenticate any act of the corporation.

Sec. 11. Be it further enacted, That all donations and bequests to said college shall be good and binding, although the corporate name of said college may not have been properly stated by the person making such donation or bequest.

Sec. 12. Be it further enacted, That the Trustees of the college shall be individually liable for such debts as they may contract; Provided that if any Trustees who may be present at the making of any contract, shall protest in writing against the making of such contract, or not being present, shall, within thirty days next thereafter, make such protest, he shall not be personally liable in any manner for, or on account of such contract.

Sec. 13. Be it further enacted, That if the said Board of Trustees should hereafter think proper to establish a theological Professorship in said college, the Professor thereof shall not be subject to the provisions of the first clause of the eighth section of this act.

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Sec. 14. Be it further enacted, That the said college shall not hold property beyond the amount of two hundred thousand dollars, the college buildings excepted; and that the funds belonging, or in anywise pertaining to the institution, shall not be diverted from the primary object for which it was donated.

Approved November 22, 1849.

CHAPTER IV.

An act to amend an act to establish and incorporate Rutersville

College, approved February 5th, 1840.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the tenth section of “an act to establish and incorporate Rutersville College," approved February 5th, 1840, be, and is hereby amended, so that it shall hereafter read as fololws:Sec. 10. Be it further enacted, That whenever any vacancy shall occur in the Board of Trustees, either by death, resignation, or otherwise, such vacancy shall be permanently filled by the Texas Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South at its next annual meeting thereafter; that any vacancy that may occur in said Board of Trustees shall be temporarily filled by the said Board of Trustees until the next annual meeting thereafter of said Texas Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South; and that this act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved, Nov. 26, 1849.

CHAPTER V.

Joint Resolution for the relief of Thomas Ward.

Be it resolved by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That Thomas Ward be paid the sum of four hundred and ninety-eight dollars and ninety-two cents for repairs on public buildings, out of any of the contingent fund not otherwise appropriated.

Approved, December 1, 1849.

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CHAPTER VI.

An act to permit Mary Gillespie to adopt Susan Lavinia McGuffin,

infant daughter of Samuel and Mary E. McGuffin, both deceased, late of the county of Grimes.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That Mary Gillespie be, and she is hereby permitted to adopt Susan Lavinia McGuffin, infant daughter of Samuel and Mary E. McGuffin, both deceased, late of the county of Grimes; the act of adoption to be under the hand and seal of the said Mary Gillespie, executed before, and certified by a Notary Public, and recorded in the recorder's office of Grimes county, as in case of other deeds required by law.

Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That the act of adoption shall vest the said Mary Gillespie with the rights, and impose on her the duties of natural mother, giving the said Susan Lavinia McGuffin the right of inheritance from the said Mary Gillespie, without the said Mary Gillespie having the right to inherit, by operation of law, any estate which has descended, or may hereafter descend to the said Susan Lavinia McGuffin from, or through her natural father or mother.

Approved, December 3, 1849.

CHAPTER VII.

Joint Resolution for the relief of Albert Von Ger-Mar.

Section 1. Be it resolved by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the Commissioner of the General Land Office is hereby authorized and required to issue to Albert Von Ger-Mar a headright certificate for three hundred and twenty acres of land.

Sec. 2. Be it further resolved, That this joint resolution take effect from and after its passage.

Approved, December 10, 1849.

CHAPTER VIII.

An act to incorporate the Marshall Cemetery Company.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That Samuel Frion, George Lane, James C. Hawley,

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George Young, James A. Simpson, F. H. Miller, W. R. D. Ward, W. S. Taylor, T. A. Harris and William Evans, and their successors, be a body corporate, by the name and style of the Marshall Cemetery Company, and by that name may sue and be sued, and hold, own, sell, and dispose of real estate, not exceeding twentyfive acres, for a burying ground.

Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That said body corporate shall have power to establish by-laws, not inconsistent with the constitution and laws of this State, the number and character of officers, with their powers, the manner in which they are to be chosen, their duties, and to make all other necessary and proper regulations.

Sec. 3. Be it further enacted, That two-thirds of all the members of said body corporate shall be necessary to form a quorum to make the by-laws in the preceding section mentioned.

Approved, December 12, 1849.

CHAPTER IX.

Joint Resolution for the relief of Hugh McClure.

Whereas, in the year 1837, Hugh McClure, a citizen of the State

of Virginia, advanced and paid to Samuel M. Williams, Commissioner, &c., three hundred and twenty dollars for land scrip No. 260, for six hundred and forty acres of land, which land

scrip has been lost; And whereas, there exists no law by which the said McClure can

obtain a duplicate of the same; therefore,

Section 1. Be it resolved by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the Commissioner of the General Land Office of this State be, and he is hereby required to issue to Hugh McClure a certificate for six hundred and forty acres of land, to be located and patented in the same manner as other land scrip; Provided that the said McClure shall have complied in all respects with the law regulating the issuance of duplicate land certificates, &c., and that this resolution take effect from and after its passage.

Approved, December 12, 1850.

CHAPTER X.

An act for the relief of C. C. Taylor.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the sum of four hundred and fifty dollars be, and

the same is hereby appropriated to the use and benefit of C. C. Taylor, for making and forwarding to the General Land Office à map of Robertson Land District, and that the same be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That this act take effect, and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved, December 14, 1849.

CHAPTER XI.

An act to incorporate the Brownsville Lyceum.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That J. R. Palmer, F. J. Parker, R. N. Stansbury, E. S. Dougherty, L. A. Bryan, E. B. Scarborough, F. Grancisky, S. Musina, J. J. H. Grammont, E. Basse, I. E. Garey, J. A. Watson and George Dye, and their associates and successors be, and they are hereby constituted a body politic and corporate, for the encouragement of scientific and literary pursuits only, by the name and style of the Brownsville Lyceum, and may sue and be sued, prosecute and defend, in any of the Courts of this State; may grant, purchase and receive, by its corporate name, real and personal property not exceeding twenty-five thousand dollars in value; and may have a common seal, with any device upon the same the Lyceum may determine, to be altered or changed by the will of said Lyceum; may adopt such a constitution, by-laws and regulations for the management of the affairs of the Lyceum as the regular members thereof may deem proper, not contrary to the constitution and laws of the State.

Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That the library, cabinet and apparatus of the Lyceum shall be free and exempt from all taxation, but the balance of the property shall be regularly given in for taxation by such officers as the Lyceum may direct, according to the provisions of the tax laws of the State.

Sec. 3. Be it further enacted, That this act of incorporation shall be subject to such modifications, extensions and limitations as the Legislature may from time to time provide.

Sec. 4. Be it further enacted, That this act take effect from and after its passage.

Approved, December 18, 1849.

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