Notes and Documents
Section of A/ca/des i# Saw 7crMardo, 1750
Translated and edited by
HELEN M. HUNNICUTT
ACONCISE description of the election of the first-ranking and
the second-ranking alcalde of the villa' of San Fernando
is contained in a four-page document filed under the
date of January 1, 1750, in the Bexar Archives in the University
of Texas Library. The document, a certified copy of the original
record of the election, with the decree of the confirmation of the
election, reads as follows:
In the villa of San Fernando, the capital of the province of 'Iexas
and New Philippines, today, the first of January of this year of one
thousand seven hundred fifty, while the gentlemen of the Cabildo,
Justicia, and Regimiento2 of the same were in session in the Casas
Realesa ... as is their habit and custom, for the purpose of electing
the new ordinary alcaldes for the present year of [one thousand]
seven hundred fifty, the motion was made to the junior regidor, Don
Antonio de los Santos, because the senior [regidor]* has taken refuge
[from justice], that he nominate competent and able persons for the
said offices. For [the office of] first-ranking alcalde, he nominated
Don Joseph Padr6n and Don Ignacio Lorenzo de Armas; and for
[the office of] second-ranking [alcalde], Don Joseph Antonio Rodri-
guez and Don Joseph Perez Casanova. Consequently, since the said
gentlemen were satisfied with the nominations made, [they voted as
The junior [regidor], Sefior Don Antonio de los Santos, said that
he was giving his vote for first-ranking alcalde to Don Joseph Padr6n
and for second-ranking [alcalde] to Don Joseph Antonio Rodriguez;
and he did so. ... .
1A town which enjoys special privileges by charter.
zThe municipal corporation.
aThe city hall.
*Antonio Rodriguez Mederos, July 21, 1749, p. say. (MS. in Bexar Archiies,
University of exas Library).
5The voting is further recorded as follows:
"Sefior Don Joseph Curbelo said that he was giving his vote for hrst-ranking
alcalde to Don Joseph Padr6n and for second-ranking [alcalde] to Don Joseph
Antonio Rodriguez; and he did so.
"Sefiior Don Manuel de Niz said that he was giving his vote for inst-ranking
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101133/. Accessed April 26, 2015.