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follows: That the seat of justice of Denton county be permanently located on the donation of land made by Alexander E. Cannon, on Hickory creek in said county, and that all Courts which by law are to be held at the county seat of said county 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.

Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That all acts of the County Court of said county in relation to the location of said seat of justice be, and the same are hereby legalized; and that this act take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved, November 26, 1851.

CHAPTER VIII.

An Act to amend an act to create the County of Freestone, ap

proved December 6th, 1850.

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Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the town of Fairfield, in Mound Prairie, is hereby declared the County Seat of Freestone county.

Sec. 2. That the judicial proceedings of the County Courts of Freestone county heretofore holden in the town of Fairfield, hereby declared as valid and binding, as if the said town of Fairfield had been the county seat of said county.

Sec. 3. That the District and County Courts of the county of Freestone, shall be holden at the said town of Fairfield.

Sec. 4. That all laws contrary to this act, are hereby repealed; and that this act take effect from and after its passage.

Approved, November 24, 1851.

CHAPTER IX.

An Act for the relief of persons who have obtained unconditional

Land Certificates from the County Court of Grimes County, setting as a Board of Land Commissioners, issued between the first day of July and thirty-first day of December, 1848.

Whereas, the office and records of the County Court of Grimes

county, were destroyed by fire sometime in the month of December and year 1848, whereby the County Clerk of said county is unable to make to the Commissioner of the General Land Office his returns of the land certificates, issued by the County Court of said county, as a Board of Land Commissioners, between the first day of July and the last day of December, 1848; Therefore,

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That any person holding an unconditional certificate for land, issued by the said County Court of Grimes county, between the first day of July and the thirty-first day of December, 1848, may submit said certificate to the County Court of said county of Grimes, at any session thereof; and if it be found to be genuine, the same shall be duly certified by the Chief Justice and County Clerk of said County Court, under the seal thereof; which said certificate, when so certified, shall be sufficient authority for the Commissioner of the General Land Office to patent the land so surveyed by virtue of the same, in the same manner as though the returns of the said Clerk of the County Court of Grmies county, had been made in conformity with law.

Sec. 2. That this act shall take effect from its passage, and be in force for one year thereafter and no longer.

Approved, December 8, 1851.

CHAPTER X.

An Act better defining the Boundaries of the County of Cameron.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That all the territory embraced within the following lim

its, to-wit: Commencing at the mouth of the Rio Grande, and running up said river to a point where the upper line of old Reynosa or “Las Cuevas” strikes the same, thence in a north easterly direction until it strikes the south-western boundary of Nueces county at right angles, thence in a southeasterly direction along the south-western line of Nueces county to a point where the Olmas creek empties into the Laguna Madre, thence due east across the Laguna Madre and the Island of Paddu Balli to the Gulf of Mexico, thence down the Gulf of Mexico and the Island of Paddu Balli to the place of beginning; shall constitute the county of Cameron.

Sec. 2. That this act take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved, December 8, 1851.

CHAPTER XI.

An Act to amend an act concerning the Book or Register of Land

Certificates issued for the County of Harris, which was at one time mislaid, but said Book has been subsequently found and identified as genuine and unaltered.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the second section of the above recited act be so amended as to read as follows, viz: “Section 2. That the Commissioner of the General Land Office be, and he is hereby required to issue patents on the certificates mentioned and described in said book now on file in his office, which claims have never been acted on or rejected by the Board of Commissioners appointed to detect fraudulent land certificates; and if any certificate mentioned or described in said book has been obtained by fraud or misrepresentation, the patent issued thereon shall be null and void.”

Sec. 2. That this act shall take effect from and after its passage. Approved, December 8, 1851.

CHAPTER XII.

An Act to legalize certain Acts and Records of the Clerk of the

County Court of Lamar County.

Whereas, during the months of February, March, April, May and

June of the year 1851, the County Seal of Lamar county was lost or stolen; therefore,

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That all acts and records of the County Clerk of Lamar County, attested by his private Seal, and bearing dates in either of the months specified in the preamble to this act, be, and the same are hereby declared as valid as if the same had been attested by the original Seal of said County Court; and that this act take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved, December 8, 1851.

CHAPTER XIII.

An Act to provide for the erection of Public Buildings in Kauf

man County.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the Commissioners appointed by an act, entitled an act to locate the seat of justice of Kaufman county, approved December 2nd, 1850, be, and they are hereby authorized and required to cause to be erected at the seat of justice of said county, a suitable Courthouse, jail and other public buildings, to be paid for out of the proceeds of the sales of town lots at said county seat, and said Commissioners are hereby directed and required, to apply said funds or a sufficiency thereof, to that purpose.

Sec. 2. That after the erection of the public buildings provided for in the first section of this act, said Commissioners shall pay over to the County Treasurer of said county, whatever balance there is remaining in their hands of said funds for the use of said county.

Sec. 3. That Rhodes S. Wilson and Stephen 0. Gibbs be, and they are hereby appointed Commissioners to act with those heretofore appointed to locate the seat of justice of said county.

Sec. 4. That this act take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved, December 13, 1851.

CHAPTER XIV.

An Act relinquishing to the County of El Passo a certain Tract

of Land.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That the State of Texas hereby relinquishes to the county of El Passo, all that square or tract of land, situate in the town of San Elizario, in said county, and known as the “Presidio” recently occupied as private quarters, and a Corral by the United States troops, together with all buildings and outhouses thereon, to be used for county purposes, as the Chief Justice and County Commissioners of said county, or a majority of them may direct.

Sec. 2. That this act take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved, December 13, 1851.

CHAPTER XV.

An Act to provide for the reception and deposite of a portion of

the Indemnity due the State of Texas by the United States for the sale of a portion of her North-Western Territory, under the provisions of an act of Congress, approved September 9th, 1850.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That it is hereby made the duty of the Comptroller of

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