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ly located at the residence of Alexander E. Cannon, on Hickory Creek, in said county, and that all courts which by law are to be held at the county seat, shall be held there, and that the clerks and other officers, who by law are to keep their offices at the county seat, shall remove them to said seat of justice, and said seat of justice shall be called Alton; and that this act take effect from and after the first day of February next.

Approved, November 26, 1850.

CHAPTER V.

An Act to incorporate Rising Star Chapter, Number Nine.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the officers and members of Rising Star Chapter, Number Nine, of San Augustine county, Texas, and their successors be, and they are hereby declared to be a corporate and body politic, by the name and style of the Rising Star Chapter, Number Nine, of Royal Arch Masons, and by that name they and their successors shall and may at all times hereafter be capable in law to have, receive, and retain any estate, real and personal, by gift, purchase, devise, or bequest, or such estate at their pleasure to transfer and dispose of in such manner as they may think proper: provided that said corporation shall not at any time hold, or possess real estate exceeding in value the sum of twenty thousand dollars.

Sec. 2. The corporation by the name and style aforesaid, shall be capable in law to sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, answer and be answered unto, defend and be defended, in all or any courts of this State, and before all or any judge, officers and persons whatsoever, in all and singular actions, matters and things whatsoever.

Sec. 3. The said corporation may have a common seal for their use, and the same at their will and pleasure to change, alter and make anew from time to time, as they may think best, and in general have and exercise all such rights, privileges and immunities as by law are incident to, and necessary for corporations of a similar character; and that this act shall take effect from its passage.

Approved, November 26, 1850.

CHAPTER VI.

An Act to be entitled an Act to legalize a Copy of the Records in the Office of the County Surveyor of the County of Washing

ton.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the chief justice and any two county commissioners of Washington county, are hereby authorized and required to examine a copy of the records in the office of the surveyor of said county, made by D. Parker, county surveyor, and if they find the same correctly transcribed, they shall certify to the fact in the back of the book, under their hands and the seal of said county.

Sec. 2. That said book so examined and certified to, and certified copies therefrom, shall be received in evidence by the courts of the country, and have all the force and effect that the original copies therefrom would have.

Approved, November 27, 1850.

CHAPTER VII.

An Act to authorize and require the Commissioner of the General Land Office to issue a Patent to William Shipp, of Sabine County, for one League of Land.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the Commissioner of the General Land Office be, and is hereby authorized and required to issue a patent to William Shipp, of Sabine county, for one league of land, upon the payment of all government dues thereon, in accordance with the provisions of law heretofore made; and that this act take effect from its passage.

Approved, November 27, 1850.

CHAPTER VIII.

An Act for the Relief of Lorenzo D. Henderson, and the Heirs of William Donoho, deceased, and Charles Ames.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the Commissioner of the General Land Office be, and he is hereby authorized and required to issue an unconditional certificate to Lorenzo D. Henderson for six hundred and forty acres of land; also, a certificate for one league and labor of land to the heirs of William Donoho, deceased; and a certificate to Charles Ames for eleven hundred and fifty-six acres of land, to be located upon any of the vacant and unappropriated land of this State.

Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That this act take effect and be in force from and after its passage. Approved, November 28, 1850.

CHAPTER IX.

An Act to repeal in Part, an Act entitled an Act to incorporate the Trinity Plank Road Company, approved September 4, 1850.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the proviso in the second section of said act, which reads as follows: "That said road shall be constructed above highwater mark," be and the same is hereby repealed; and that this act take effect from and after its passage. Approved, November 28, 1850.

CHAPTER X.

An Act for the Relief Reuben R. Brown.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the Commissioner of the General Land Office be, and he is hereby authorized and required to issue a certificate

for one league and labor of land, the same being his headright; and also, a certificate for twelve hundred and eighty acres of land, for his military services in the army of Texas, in 1835 and 1836, to Reuben R. Brown.

Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That said certificates may be located upon any of the vacant and unappropriated land of this State, and that the Commissioner of the General Land Office be, and he is hereby required, upon the return of the field notes, to issue patents to the said Brown, or his legal representatives, upon his paying the legal fees and government dues thereon. Approved, November 30, 1850.

CHAPTER XI.

An Act appropriating Ten Thousand Dollars, or so much as may be necessary for the Payment of the Mileage and per diem Pay of the Members and Officers of the Second Extra Session, Third Legislature.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the sum of ten thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary, in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, be appropriated for the payment of the mileage and per diem pay of the members of the second extra session of the third Legislature, and the per diem of the officers attendant thereon; and that this act take effect and be in force from and after its passage. Approved, November 30, 1850.

CHAPTER XII.

An Act to amend the second and seventh Sections of an Act entitled "an Act to organize the Supreme Court of the State of Texas," approved the 12th of May, 1846.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the second section of the act entitled, "an act to organize the Supreme Court of the State of Texas, approved the

12th May, 1846, be amended so as to read as follows; "Section 2nd. Be it further enacted, That the Supreme Court shall hold its sessions, once in every year at the city of Austin, in the county of Travis; once in every year at the city of Galveston, in the county of Galveston; and once in every year at the town of Tyler, in the county of Smith. That the causes decided in the district courts of the second, third, fourth, and eleventh judicial districts, when taken up, by appeal or otherwise, to the Supreme Court, shall be returnable to the Supreme Court sitting at the City of Austin. That the causes decided in the district courts of the first, seventh, tenth and twelfth, judicial districts, shall be returnable to the Supreme Court, holding its session in the city of Galveston. That the causes decided in the district courts of the fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth judicial districts shall be returnable to the Supreme Court holding its session at the town of Tyler, in the county of Smith: Provided, That the parties, or their attorneys may on filing an agreement for that purpose, with the clerk of any district court, in either of the judicial districts, direct the record, accompanied by a certified copy of the agreement, to be transmitted to the Supreme Court, holding its session, either in the City of Austin, the city of Galveston, or at the town of Tyler: Provided further, That all cases where land titles are involved, taken up from the district courts to the Supreme Court, when the State of Texas is a party, shall be returnable to the Supreme Court holding its session at the City of Austin. That the Supreme Court shall hold its session at the City of Austin on the second Monday in November in each and every year, and may continue in session six weeks, or until the business before the court is disposed of. At the city of Galveston, on the first Monday in January, and may continue in session ten weeks, unless the business before the court is sooner disposed of. At the town of Tyler, on the first Monday in April, and may continue in session until the first day of July, unless the business before the court is sooner disposed of. That all causes remaining on the docket, undisposed of, when this act goes into effect, which have been decided in the counties, included in the first, seventh, tenth, and twelfth judicial districts, shall be by the Clerk of the Supreme Court, transmitted to the Supreme Court holding its sessions at the city of Galveston. That the causes remaining on the docket. undisposed of, which were decided in the fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth judicial districts, shall be transmitted to the Supreme Court holding its sessions at the town of Tyler, unless the parties or their attorneys agree that the same

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