The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 126
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within the jurisdiction of the ayuantamiento; to have some means
of subsistence; and to be able to read and write. Members of the
ayuntamiento were to be chosen by municipal electoral meetings
announced on the first Sunday in December of each year and held
on the second Sunday and Monday in the same month.'
Navarro did not wait until the regular time for the appoint-
ment of the ayuntamiento. In November, 1832, as soon as his
other work was completed he called the citizens to a meeting over
which he presided. As a result of this meeting the following
officers were elected: Ezekiel Williams, alcalde; Winslow Turner,
first regidor; Silas Fuqua, second regidor; Stephen Smith, sindico
procurador.2 This ayuntamiento served only until the regular
time provided in the constitution for the election.
In accordance with a notice published early in the month of
December, a meeting was convened, and nominations for two tellers
and a secretary followed. Lewis D. Sowell and Adam Zumwalt
were elected tellers, and Jos6 Ram6n Bedford, secretary. On De-
cember 16, the Sunday following this election, the members of the
old ayuntamiento, the tellers, and the secretary met to register the
votes for the new ayuntamiento. Upon counting the votes it was
found that the election had resulted as follow: James B. Patrick
for alcalde, with thirty-seven votes; Charles Lockhart for regidor,
with sixty votes; and Almond Cottle for sindico procurador, with
fifty votes. Charles Lockhart was to serve as second regidor, and
Silas Fuqua, who had been second regidor, was to take the place
of Winslow Turner as first regidor.
The next ayuntamiento consisted of James C. Davis, alcalde;
Charles Lockhart, first regidor; Eli Mitchell, second regidor; and
Thomas R. Miller, sindico procurador.4 The next year, 1835,
Andrew Ponton was elected alcalde, Eii Mitchell took the place
of the first regidor, Joseph D. Clements was elected second regidor,
and M. Caldwell, sindico procurador.5
1Constitution of Coahuila and Texas (Gammel, Laws of Texas, 335-
'Ayuntamiento of Gonzales to political chief, November 13, 1832. Bexar
8Report of the ayuntamiento of Gonzales, June 22, 1833. Bexar
Archives. Juan Francisco Buchetti at the time of this election was serv-
ing as secretary ad interim.
4 Minutes of the ayuntamiento of Gonzales, 1834. See appendix VI.
5 Official correspondence of the ayuntamiento of Gonzales with the gov-
ernor, 1835. The first portion of this correspendence is preserved in the
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