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Because the legislature was slow to authorize an official codification of state law, various private publishers attempted to provide this service in the late 19th century. Descriptions of each resource are paraphrased from A Reference Guide to Texas Law and Legal Historyby Marian Boner.
Includes most of the early laws covered by Gammel’s edition and adds land and colonization laws of Spain and Mexico, as well as a summary of Spanish civil law. This source is particularly useful for land title research as it provides a history of the municipal divisions of the state, with boundaries of all the colonies and early counties.
John Sayles published editions of the civil statutes in 1888, 1889, 1897, 1898 and 1914, with supplementation through 1922. Later editions were called "Vernon's Sayles" after the publisher. Because there was no official compilation produced between 1911-1925, this resource is useful for that interim period.