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1836 Tex. Gen. Laws 54-55, An Act to Provide for the National Defense by Organizing the Militia, § 1.

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. . . to enrol [sic] every such citizen as aforesaid, and all those who shall from time to time arrive at the age of seventeen years or being the age of seventeen years and under the age of fifty years . . . That every citizen so enrolled and notified, shall within ten days thereafter provide himself with a good musket, a sufficient bayonet and belt, six flints, knapsack and cartridge box, with twenty-four suitable ball cartridges; or with a good rifle, yauger, or shotgun, knapsack, shot pouch, powder horn, fifty balls suitable to the caliber of his gun, and a half pound of powder, and shall appear so armed, accoutred and provided, when called out to exercise, or in service; and that said arms, ammunition, and accoutrements, belonging to a citizen so enrolled, shall be exempt from all suits, seizures, and sales.