Trees Planted by the Water: Early African American Legislators
|Handbook of Texas Online:||James McWashington|
|Texas State Library:||James McWashington|
|.Constitutional Convention 1868|
|June 5, 1868
The President announced the following standing committees: Finance-Whitmore, Chairman; Pedigo, Mackey, Johnson, of
Calhoun; Glenn, Bryant, of Grayson; McWashington, Jordan, Stockbridge.
Mr. McWashington offered the following resolution: Resolved, That the following be a section of the Constitution: ARTICLE - SECTION --. All marriages solemnized or had among free persons of color whilst in bondage, according to the rites existing among said persons, are hereby declared to be legal and binding, and arehereby made valid and all children born of said marriages are declared legitimate for all purposes.
SEC. -. It shall be the duty of the Legislature to provide, by law, to protect the persons named in section -- in this article, in all their rights as married persons. On motion the resolution was referred to the Committee on General Provisions.
Mr. McWashington offered the following resolution: Resolved, That the following shall be a section of the Constitution : SECTION - No person shall be imprisoned for debt in this State; but this shall not prevent the General Assembly from providing for imprisonment or holding to bail persons charged with fraud in con-
RECONSTRUCTION CONVENTION JOUKRNAL. 'trating said debt. A reasonable amount of property shall be exempt from seizure or sale for the payment bf debt or liabilities. On motion, the resolution was referred to the Committee on Contingent Expenses. 415
Mr. MeWashington offered the
Mr. MeWashington offered the
following resolution, and asked its
Mr. McWasshington introduced the following declaration, and asked its reference to the Committee on Judiciary: DECLARATION Repealing an act to incorporate the Central Transit Railroad Company. SECTION 1. Be it declared by the people of the State of Texas in Convention a :-;emnbled, That chapter 162 of the special so-called laws of the so-called Legislature of 1866, entitled "An act to incorporate the Central Transit Railroad Company," of which the notorious and unmitigated rebels, Duff Green, G. W. Carter and Pryor Lea are incorporators, be and the same is hereby repealed. SEC. 2. This declaration shall be in force from and after its passage. It was so ordered.
Mr. MoWaShington introduced the following resolution: WIB:Er AS, A targe dlass of the citizens of Texas have volun-
RECONSTRUCTION CONVENTION JOURNAL. teered in the rebellion to defend their so-called rights and property; and WHEREAS, The government of the United States has declared them a conquered people; and WHEREAS, The government of the United States has restricted them to law and order, by the laws of war and the policy of the same; and WHEREAS, It is the intent of the Congress of the United States to have peace and harmony among the citizens thereof; and WHEREAS, It is necessary for the people of Texas, in Convention assembled, to look to the best policy of peace and order; and WHEREAS, A large portion of the citizens of Texas have rendered their allegiance to the government of the United States, and who rebelled against the same; therefore, Be it resolved, by the people of Texas in Convention assembled, That no further disfranchisement shall exist in Texas without the consent of or by the authority of the Congress of the United States. It was referred to the Committee on State Affairs. 389