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TO THE HONORABLE
          THE SENATE
                THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                        OF THE STATE OF TEXAS

        The undersigned resident citizens of the County of Shelby and the State of Texas, having been informed that there is a petition (originating in San Augustine County) circulating in the south portion of this county, praying your Honorable Body to dismember this county by cutting off a strip of the territory of this county on the south side of from 5 to 8 miles in width and annexing the same to San Augustine County.

        We therefore make this our remonstrance against said dismemberment of our county for the following reasons:

1st    Because this county is now a few miles less than 90 square miles, and to cut off the  proposed            territory would be to make this less than a constitutional county in size.
2nd    Because the citizens of the proposed territory to be taken off, or a majority of them, as we are            informed are opposed to said change.
3rd    Because as we are informed both the counties of Shelby and San Augustine or a majority of the            citizens are opposed to such a change.
4th    Because the citizens of Shelby County are opposed to such a change.
5th    Because if the change is made it will throw Shelbyville, the present County Seat of Shelby in the
   south end of the county, and make it necessary to move the County Seat some 10 miles norhtwest to get it in the center with all the expenses of a new courthouse and public buildings.
6th    Because the County of Shelby now has a courthouse and the most substantial jail in East Texas.
7th    ? unable to read – ink splash.
8th    Because if this is done the legislature will be setting a precedent that will ruin the counties in the           state.

We therefore respectfully ask that our remonstrance to protect the dismemberment of "Old Shelby County" be honored.

/s/

L. PLEASEY H.G. HALL G.TAMPLIN
WILIAM HEWITT, SR. T.I. TODD J.J. SHAW
E.B. DYSART R.M. FRANKS JOHN T. BOOTH
W.C. BARBEE M.A. YATES G.R. CHOATE
AMOS WORMWOOD L.T. MANGHRAM J.B. RUNNELS
? CAROLL ? HOOPER L. BOOTH
T.M. BAR W.S. JACKSON D.M. SHORT
Z.F. LISTER D. M. COTTORE I.L. MOORE
B.B. LEE M.I. LOGAHES JOSEPH GOLDEN
ABEL BOWLES S.C. CHOAT JOHN PRICE
JAMES T. BOOTH R.B. ROBERTS R.T. BIGGER
SAMUEL BUCKNER W.J. RAYLAND W.W. LANIER
JOHN W. BOLES, JR. M.M. MILLS O.L. WEBB
T.J. HARRIS JOHN WARNICAN J.M. HOOPER
R.W. WILLIAMS G.L. MOORE B. GIBBS
JOHN GIBBS W. GIBBS R. GIBBS
E. ANTHONY B.F. HOOPER B.T. POLK
P.H.Y. BRICE IRA HARRIS L.C. HOOPER
BETHLEHEM ESTES W.E. ROBERTS T.J. HOOPER
WM. H. LATHAM HENRY CARROLL J.J. CRAVENS
AMON LINKS ROBT. A. SMITH P.W. HARVEY
R.J. ALEXANDER S. MATHEWS P.L. SOUTHERN
E.H. REEVIS C.D. HARE R.W. WHEELER
J.J. RUNNELS WM. SCOTT J.F. COLBURN
WILLIAM RAYFORD E.W. PITTMAN LEWIS WATKINS
L. PINKNEY MATHIS DAVID WATKINS M. JOHNSON
JOHN LATHAM ISAAC CHOON B.F. ADAMS
B.E. SMITH B.F. POWDRILL L.H. WEAVER
JAMES W. BALLARD THOS. POWDRILL J.B. SAMPLE
J.R. BEAUCHAMP JAMES ARMOUR JAMES ARCHER
WM. C. CRAWFORD B.F. BROWN J.J. HEWITT
H.A. HARRIS GEO. W. BIGGAR D.R. CANNON
J.F. WHITE J.W. FULLER S.Q. LISTER
D.W. RAGLAND MILAKAH LINDSEY WM. E. WATTS
RICHARD RATLIFF CARROL BALLARD L.A. SINCLAIR
GORDON WATKINS

No Date- (It had to be prior to 1859, because Wm. C. Crawford signed the petition
                    and he moved from Shelby County in 1859)


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