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recommendation the homestead law became a policy of Texas which was later to adopted by most other States. "It was Lamar's dream that the great nation which Texas was destined to be should be composed of self-reliant, independent and enlightened citizens," says Wortham's History of Texas. "Moreover, he desired that it should be a nation of home-owners. There was land for all, and the foundation of a home required only the willingness to labor. On the same day that the bill was passed appropriating land for education, it was also provided that every immigrant family that arrived during the ensuing year should be entitled to a head-right of six hundred and forty acres. Then in order to protect every family in the Republic in the possession of a home, Congress passed a homestead law. This law provided that there was reserved to every citizen or head of a family in the republic, "free and independent of the power of a writ of fieri facias or other execution issuing from any court of competent jurisdiction whatever" the following property: "Fifty acres of land or one town lot, including his or her homestead or improvements not exceeding five hundred dollars in value all household and kitchen furniture (providing it does not exceed in value two hundred dollars); all implements of husbandry (provided they shall not exceed fifty dollars in value); all tools, apparatus and books belonging to the trade or profession of any citizen; five milch cows, one yoke of work oxen or one horse, twenty hogs, and one year's provisions." This law was passed early in Lamar's incumbency as President, from 1839 to 1841. Com^ in

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  1. The Kerrville Times,
  2. 08 Aug 1935, Thu,
  3. Page 4

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