Letter, John Taylor and Others to Thomas Ford, between 12 May and 1 June 1843, Draft

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The undersigned a committee of the City Council of of appointed to address your be on the subject of the subject of the Commissions for <​the Mayor &​> Alderman of said by leave to state
On a careful & attentive perusal of the act of incorporation for said we are of the opinion your <​​> excellency <​honor​> will clearly perceive that the inhabitants of said are invested with plenary powers to govern themselves by their representatives in Council assembled, and to make ordain & establish such laws which <​as​> they may deem requisite for the peace <​benefit​> welfare & happiness convenience of the inhabitants of said not inconsistent with the laws of this <​or​> of the <​Sec 11—​> the question might have mooted in the first instance By reference to Sections 4. 9 & 10 your excellency honor and from the whole tenor and general spirit of the instrument your <​​> honor we think cannot fail to conclude that it formed no part of the design of the grantors to impose a single onerous or irksome obligation upon the inhabitants of said and that it could never have been designed by the General Assembly who granted the Charter that the bonds of the Mayor & Aldermen required by the 16th Section of that instrument should be filed with <​of​> the office of the Clerk of the County Commissioners Court is we think abundantly manifest by the provision by a recorder the prescription of his duties and the express provission of the 10th. Section that all <​the​> bonds of <​all​> officers created by this act shall be exacted by the City Council as they may deem expedient The mayor & aldermen acting under the [p. [1]]
The undersigned a committee of the City Council of appointed to address your on the subject of Commissions for Mayor & Alderman of said by leave to state
On a careful & attentive perusal of the act of incorporation for said we are of the opinion your will clearly perceive that the inhabitants of said are invested with plenary powers to govern themselves by their representatives in Council assembled, and to make ordain & establish such laws as they may deem requisite for the peace benefit welfare & convenience of the inhabitants of said not inconsistent with the laws of this or of the Sec 11— By reference to Sections 4. 9 & 10 and from the whole tenor and general spirit of the instrument your we think cannot fail to conclude that it formed no part of the design of the grantors to impose a single onerous or irksome obligation upon the inhabitants of said and that it could never have been designed by the General Assembly who granted the Charter that the bonds of the Mayor & Aldermen required by the 16th Section of that instrument should be filed of the office of the Clerk of the County Commissioners Court is we think abundantly manifest by the provision by a recorder the prescription of his duties and the express provission of the 10th. Section that the bonds of all officers created by this act shall be exacted by the City Council as they may deem expedient The mayor & aldermen acting under the [p. [1]]
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